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The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside

American Ballet Theatre's Principal Dancer James Whiteside takes you backstage for ABT's 8 week performance season at the Metropolitan Theatre, providing an exclusive peek into his world as he brings us interviews directly from his dressing room. On this 8 week series,expect the unexpected as you never know who James will be chatting with next. From dancers, to choreographers to wardrobe, theatre crew and anyone who makes the production a success. Tune in each Thursday....Stage Rightside.
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Jun 5, 2020
James chats with costume and set designer Jean-Marc Puissant about his early work and creating the designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s “Of Love and Rage” which was slated to make its NYC debut at the Metropolitan Opera with ABT this spring. They discuss the joys of difficulties of working on this epic full length ballet.
 
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May 8, 2020
James chats with British dancer Xander Parish about his rise to principal dancer at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. They discuss hot topics such as Russian culture, Sergei Polunin, and more.
 
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May 2, 2020
Royal Ballet principal dancer, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, discusses self expression and the so-called ballerina mystique. She and James test out their Australian accents to mixed success. 
 
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Apr 24, 2020
James chats with choreographer Arthur Pita, with whom he had worked on the horror dance play “The Tenant”. They discuss “Showgirls”, disco dancing, and working in theatre and film.
 
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Apr 22, 2020
James chats with Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Marcelino Sambé about his rise to principality, his injury and how to find beauty in a bleak world.
 
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Apr 10, 2020
James chats with Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters LIVE on Instagram in this special quarantined edition of The Stage Rightside. They talk about coming out, being different, and family acceptance. 
 
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Oct 11, 2019
NYCB Soloist, Megan LeCrone, drives James home from rehearsal and an impromptu Stage Rightside ensues.
 

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Jun 8, 2018

James grills dance maker Mark Morris on music, nail clippings, New York City, queer life, and more on The Stage Rightside. Prepare to be entertained by Mark's wit and stunned by his obvious, logical genius.

May 18, 2018
James kicks off Season 3 of the Stage Rightside with ABT's Artistic Director of 25 years, Kevin McKenzie. They chat training, directorship, and having the hard conversations. This is Kevin as you've never known him. What a way to start Season 3!
Jul 7, 2017

James chats with fellow ABT principal dancer, David Hallberg. They babble on about Arizona iced tea, returning from injury, mild insanity, and Dear Evan Hansen. C'mon week 7!

Jun 30, 2017

James gets the T from ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. They chat about feminism, ABT in the digital age, the Tonys, and the future of American Ballet Theatre.

Jun 23, 2017

Kyle Pickles and Ashley Baer are ABT's Company Managers. They have the difficult task of wrangling these cats! They chat with James about touring the world, their favorite TV shows, and staying safe in cities with vastly differing cultures. Get into it!

Jun 16, 2017

James kikis with Principal Ballet Mistress, Susan Jones. They chat about the ideal corps de ballet woman, her favorite ballets to stage, working with every director of ABT, and becoming an airline pilot.

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Jun 2, 2017

James sits down with Alvin Ailey's Jamar Roberts. They discuss Mariah Carey, being a competition kid, Revelations, and protein powder. Not to mention "Hidge or not hidge"!

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May 26, 2017
James sits down with longtime friend, Matthew Poppe of les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the drag ballet company. They dish on pointe shoes, technique vs. comedy, and homosexuality. There's another guest appearance by (you guessed it) Isabella and a mysterious dairy queen. 
 
 
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May 19, 2017
 
James returns to the Stage Rightside in the first episode of Season 2. He interviews fellow ABT principal dancer, Cory Stearns on Youth America Grand Prix, girlfriends, Cheez Doodles, and more! The only side you'll want to be on is the Stage Rightside with James Whiteside!
 

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Jul 8, 2016
James sits down with American prima ballerina-turned-directress, Julie Kent. They wax poetic about humble beginnings, the future, Mikhail Baryshnikov, & Kevin McKenzie. Don't miss it!
 

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Jun 24, 2016

James speaks with ABT Corps de Ballet member, Gemma Bond about the Corps, choreography, coasters, and girls vs. women.

 
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Jun 17, 2016
James speaks with ABT's head of wigs and makeup department, Rena Most. They dish on theater makeup, haunted houses, and their makeup/hair pet peeves. 
 
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Jun 10, 2016

James speaks with ABT Principals Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes about humble beginnings, keeping it fresh, and their Summer plans.

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Jun 3, 2016
James speaks with downtown show-maker Jack Ferver about his new show, "I Want You To Want Me", among other things, like Return to Oz, Madonna, and seances.
 
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May 27, 2016
James talks to ABT artist in residence, Alexei Ratmansky (who inexplicably calls him "Jim") about Russia, Britney Spears, and roles he missed out on. It's an illuminating chat with a prolific choreographer.
 
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May 20, 2016

James speaks with fashion/costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung about fashion, AOL screen names, off brand Italian hairspray, and queer politics. 

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May 13, 2016

James conducts his first dressing room interview with fellow ABT principal dancers Isabella Boylston and Stella Abrera.

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