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The Art of Dance
21st Century Dance and Issues in the Performing Arts
Curated by Susan Davis Cushing
Aatish Bhatia writes:
"Here’s a fun project that my friend Upasana and I put together some weekends ago. It’s a visual exploration of fractals through dance, a piece of generative art that’s part performance and part mathematical exploration.
"The two ingredients that went into creating this were the Microsoft Kinect sensor, which lets your computer track how your body moves, and Processing, a programming language that lets you create interactive visuals with code. Put the two together, and you can use your body to control virtual shapes and objects.
"The idea for this project came about while I was walking home from work late October, idly watching the recently bare tree branches swaying in the wind. And for some reason that made me wonder, what would it be like to be a tree for an evening? Imagine lifting your arms, and a tree waves its branches."
Click through to a delightful video.
(Photo Credit: Jordan Matter)
Monday, December 8 2014, Dance/NYC released its report State of NYC Dance and Corporate Giving.
On Wednesday, December 10, Crain's New York issued an article stating that,
"Corporate support for dance organizations in New York City plunged 62% over five years, with midsize and small organizations having an especially difficult time getting on businesses' giving agendas, according to a new study.
"Donations fell to $5 million in 2012, the last year for which data were available, according to a survey by Dance/NYC, an advocacy group. Meanwhile, the average corporate contribution fell 22% to $108,083
"Some of the decline is likely related to the recession, but that ended in 2009 and the situation doesn't appear to be improving, said Lane Harwell, executive director of Dance/NYC. 'This is really a call to action for us,' said Mr. Harwell. 'We need corporations to pay more attention to our sector. The arts community is vital to New York.'
"The study found that corporate support for dance organizations fell across the board, but companies with budgets between $500,000 and $999,999 experienced the biggest drop, with donations sagging 82%, to a total of $124,342. Groups with budgets less than $99,000 hardly get any corporate support. (more at the link above)
The study was based on information from 173 organizations compiled by the Culture Data Project, a nonprofit which collects financial, operational and programmatic data from cultural organizations. However, the most detailed financial information in the study is from 87 organizations..
Read the full report and weigh in online @DanceNYC.
Stunning, in a word.
You guys know we love it when fashion and dance collide—it usually produces a photo shoot from our wildest dreams. … Continue reading →
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Wendy Wheelan (pictured above) in a #dance and #fashion article. Wheelan recently retired from the New York City Ballet
Halston, woman’s costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT
Dance & Fashion explores the relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Dance has utilized a wide variety of costumes, including contemporary fashions, to identify different characters, but there are also certain iconic styles, which represent a dance more abstractly. Tutus and pointe shoes, for example, are integral to the image and movements of the ballerina, just as leotards and tights are associated with the modern dancer.
Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska). But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. Fashion designers have also been inspired by the dance. Christian Dior loved the tutus of Romantic ballerinas, while the shoe designer Christian Louboutin has transformed pointe shoes into fetishistic high heels. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, is on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, and stepping are featured.
Still Running! Through Jan 3, 2015
Leaping from the page in an array of balletic poses and moves, the illustrations of Leah Yerpe are marvellous creations. Sketched beautifully in pencil, she achieves a high level of realism and contrast between light and dark.
Reminiscent of Robert Longo's early works, Leigh Yerpe finds the kind of movement often sought in a perfect photograph at the end of her pencil.
"a two-man vaudeville extravaganza whipped up by that smiling surrealist Robert Wilson" - The New York Times
Legendary theater maker Robert Wilson returns to the Center with a brand-new theatrical production The Old Woman, based on a story by Russian author Daniil Kharms.
A brilliant, slyly political story written in the 1930s, The Old Woman stars world-renowned dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov and film star Willem Dafoe. With echoes of Beckett in its deadpan narrative and humor, The Old Woman is one of the great works of the Russian avant-garde and tells the story of a struggling young writer.
Direction set design lighting concept Robert Wilson With Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe By Daniil Kharms Adapted by Darryl Pinckney Music Hal Willner Costumes Jacques Reynaud Associate Set Desig... More Info: http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/old_woman
Avant-Garde Theater at its highest standard.
An interactive, virtual dance partner—it’s what we’ve always dreamed of. And while it may not take the form of our fleeting fantasies, there’s something decidedly alluring about the crystalline contortions of Grevillea Crystalis Incarnadine. It’s bright, it changes color—it even has its own unique sense of style. And what’s more? It’s actually intelligent.
What you’re watching is Emergence, a dance duet between a dancer and what artist, choreographer, and researcherJohn McCormick refers to as an "artificially intelligent performing agent." McCormick, the developer of the work and a specialist in dance technology, has his fingers in many pies, having already carved an extensive career across platforms including virtual reality, new media art, dance and choreography.
Artificial Intelligence dances on the edge of technology. Amazing innovation.
Three decades ago, choreographer Bill T. Jones jolted the New York dance scene. Bucking the prevailing stripped-down postmodernism, he and his partner Arnie Zane created sensational dances collaborating with composers, fashion designers, and visual artists.
By the wonderful John Killacky. A gritty look at the leading dance thinker of our time and his new work.
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How to save arts education.
The Metropolitan Opera’s staging of John Adams’s controversial 1991 work, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has been drawing furious protests in advance of its Monday night premiere.
At the very least, the Klinghoffer Opera proves that #art continues to ignite great passions from individuals, sometimes masses.
New York Times
Jookin Meets Ballet at Fall for Dance Festival
New York Times
From 1962 to 1980, the Delacorte wasn't just about Shakespeare, but also a destination for dance.
If you don't know #jookin, think of it as the ballet of hip hop. And it has hit, big time.
At Dance Place's reopening gala, music and funky fashion Washington Post Just moments before the gala performance was set to begin at Dance Place on Saturday night, a clique of staffers was instructed to start herding patrons away from the hors...
My home. I am so proud and pleased at what this community organization has done to change the shape of possibilities for dance.
We've been anxiously awaiting Misty Copeland's first commercial for Under Armour ever since we learned that the American Ballet Theatre soloist signed with the athletic company back in January. And from the looks of this 60-second spot, it was well w...
Director Tarik Abdel-Gawad creates a stunning choreographic masterpiece around Tchaikovsky's "Francesca da Rimini" using a giant robotic camera.
Astonishing. Few filmmakers can capture dance with this precision of this robot. A breakthrough in the continuum. Thoughts, anyone?
The French street artist J R, who recently photographed dancers but otherwise is new to ballet, now finds himself choreographing a piece for New York City Ballet.
This is a must read. More: "Yes, it’s true: City Ballet is turning itself — and more than 40 members of its company — over to a man who has never choreographed before. He watched his first ballet in June. Do you hear that sound? Choreographers everywhere are eating their hearts out."
Deaf Dancers Move to the Silence with Artist Sofia Mattioli
What does music sound like to a deaf person? Something extraordinarily beautiful. Don't miss this beautiful bit of dance and sound. It is an absolute delight!