Tamara Rojo likes lilies and Darcey Bussell likes whatever her mum sends. But why don't male dancers get flowers? And what happens if no one sends any? Judith Mackrell enters the world of petal protocol.
"Last night, I had the opportunity to see the world premiere of "Mechanics of the Dance Machine," the latest production from Armitage Gone! Dance.
In my humble opinion, Armitage remains one of the unsung heroines of the performing arts world, despite her many years at the forefront of the world dance scene. No longer "the punk ballerina," Armitage continues to push boundaries and explore cloud formations, fractal geometry, and sound in her boundary-breaking works. Her pieces are by no means perfect, but the fact that she allows herself to take risks and fail means that her work will always be thought-provoking."
My excuse is that I’m not ‘arty’. I studied the history of art at university, I like to look at art but the creative side I like to leave to those who have the talent. As an audience member, I am firmly placed in my role as spectator. And this is why the In-Finite project appealed to me so much. There are people who are being creative with social media (that don’t feature on the first page of search results) and in doing so, are bringing the audience into their projects. Ijad Dance Company have been interpreting technology since the 90s and now it’s the turn of social media. And by using these opportunities of communication – instant, one-off exchanges that take less than 140 characters (or 6 seconds with my new love – Vine) – offer an alternative to staring, faceless audiences. The In-Finite project asks people to donate secrets (how anathemic to social media!) in order that a dancer might interpret it, all amounting to a performance, streamed all over the world. Audience participation which isn’t threatening, a marriage of new technology and creative, responsive, accessible art.
Diablo Ballet's 19th season continues with its March 1 and 2 March program, featuring a West Coast premiere from acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre and the premiere of the first ballet work created via the internet.
United they dance: 4 companies join forces for FlySpace series Chicago Sun-Times Margi Cole (from left) from The Dance COLEctive, Michelle Kranicke from Zephyr Dance, Jan Bartoszek from Hedwig Dances, and Joanna Rosenthal from Same Planet Different...
Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a quickly growing blogging service that attracts over 72 million visitors a month.
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:
Tumblr is great for inspiration, notoriously poor for sources and credits. Pinterest also is a great place inspiring folks These sites are among the best. You might want to check to be sure you're following them all :)
Berlin's Bohemian quarter is changing but Leisa Tyler finds that creativity and culture continue to thrive there.
Ai Weiwei's Tree crowds a concrete cubical, its sturdy blackened limbs collected from dead camphor trees bolted together using ancient Chinese joinery techniques. A statement against the breakneck speed of development in China - and how the environment pays the highest price - the gangly piece of art appears even more ominous claustrophobically squeezed between three concrete walls at the Boros Collection, an art gallery located inside a former war bunker in central Berlin.
"Jookin', to me, deserves to be in the same category as ballet and jazz and modern," Lil Buck says. "I get motivation and inspiration from watching water, just looking at how fluid it is." Lil Buck, aka Charles Riley, popularized the Memphis street dance style, adding a hint of classical ballet, through a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in 2011. When Spike Jonze captured their performance on video, it promptly went viral on YouTube. Later that year, he traveled to Beijing to share a stage with Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma for the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. This documentary film by Ole Schell follows the dancer on this journey to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and beyond. The director describes the making of the film in an interview below and ChinaFile has a video interview with Schell that you can watch here.
"BalletBoyz: The Talent started out as a project to offer new professional experiences to young male dancers. Over the last two years it has been a pleasure to watch the company mature and expand. But in their latest programme it's not so much the dancers who are being pushed into new terrain, as the two choreographers creating works for them."
Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography National Geographic The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has chosen our project ¨Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography¨, as one of the seven chosen to receive...
Roslyn Sulcas writes: The photographerHenry Leutwyler was building a career in fashion and portrait work in Paris in the late 1980s when he was sent on assignment to photograph Jorge Donn, the charismatic principal dancer who had risen to fame with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century. The job proved to be a turning point for the Swiss-born Mr. Leutwyler, now 51, who subsequently spent time photographing Mr. Donn and his fellow dancers in Béjart’s company, which was based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
After moving to New York in 1996 Mr. Leutwyler continued to take celebrity portraits but found a way back to dance when New York City Ballet hired him to document repertory pieces. One assignment turned into several more, and eventually he won permission to take pictures backstage, in class and rehearsal. The result is “Ballet: Photographs of the New York City Ballet,” (Steidl, $88), a weighty tome that offers a subtle, revealing view of the life of one of the world’s most prominent ballet companies. (more)
For Bostonians, “The Nutcracker” is a time-honored holiday tradition. For Boston Ballet’s leaders, the annual production has always been something else: A show capable of making or breaking the budget.
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