Yellowstone International Arts Festival Weaves Ballet, Nature and Community

The fourth annual ballet festival was a dazzling confluence of unexpected people, performances and more

Paradise Valley, Montana might be the only place in the world where cowboys and world-class ballerinas collide. Such is the allure of the Yellowstone International Arts Festival, an annual ballet production in Yellowstone’s mountainous valley, founded by a Montana-born family of internationally renowned ballet stars: Maria Sascha Khan, Nadia Khan, Nicholas MacKay, Julian MacKay and their mother Teresa Khan MacKay. Held on 10 August, the …

The Decalogue Deluxe Vinyl LP

Composed by Sufjan Stevens and played by Timo Andres, this ballet score for a Justin Peck-choreographed dance performance (which premiered with the New York City Ballet in 2017) impresses with its subtlety and emotion. Far from merely background music, the 10 tracks (referencing the collection’s title Decalogue, which means 10 commandments) dip, accelerate, crescendo, and sometimes even pause entirely to afford the performers solemnity. The …

Highlights From The 2019 Bombay Beach Biennale

An "art moment" turned "art movement" in the Southern California Desert

A small art movement is gaining momentum in Bombay Beach, just 40 miles from the Palm Springs area. The town is situated on the edge of the Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water. The Sea was created by accident in the early 1900s, when a levee broke on the Colorado River dam, causing an influx of water into the low-lying area. Post-war real …