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paris opera ballet

01/05/14

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beautiful pic of the paris opera ballet.  i love how the photographer captured the dancers, pit orchestra and audience all in one shot. via bella illusione.

related: black swan | dancers among us: a celebration of joy in the everyday | fashionably late

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marc-antoine locatelli brings us a beautiful blend of art and technology in his video nuance.  the film pairs up dancer lucas boirat with lights of various shapes and sizes.  the way boirat & the different lights play off of each other’s movements coupled with locatelli’s sharp use of black-white contrast create a dazzling experience for viewers.  check it out and let me know what you think.  via laughing squid.

related: wrecking crew orchestra | deep end dance

let the light be your dance partner

09/19/13 1 Comment

choreographed dancing underwater is cool enough on its own, but the mother-son dynamic makes this video even more graceful.  details via director conor horgan:

A short dance film, written and performed by David Bolger (choreographer and artistic director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Dublin) along with his 76-year-old mother, Madge Bolger. The film was shot in the Marian College swimming pool, where Madge worked as a swimming instructor for many years and where she taught David to swim.

related: making deep end dance

deep end dance

05/06/13 2 Comments

for those who can hear the music…

01/10/13

and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

here, friedrich nietzsche talks about people living on different wavelengths.  whether it’s in art, business, love, religion, etc., differences in perception/perspective between two sides could lead one to think that the other is a looney tune.  while that might be true on occasion, the differing thoughts/actions/feelings could also just be too high-pitched for some to hear the music in them at that time.

the quote reminded me of the william carlos williams poem “danse russe.”  after you read it through a few times below, grade the speaker “I” and the poet separately on a “dancing sanity scale” where if you hear the music in their actions/words = they’re sane and if you don’t hear it = they’re insane.  either way, explain in the comments:

“Danse Russe”
by William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,–
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
again the yellow drawn shades,–

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

in the throwback video above, the godfather of soul gives a mini tutorial on dancing.  demonstrating a flurry of different moves from the funky chicken to the robot, he exhibits some of the energy & flair that made him such a great performer.  via open culture by way of explore.

related: black excellence, opulence, decadence

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video: a dance lesson from james brown

01/04/13

dancers among us: a celebration of joy in the everyday

11/17/12 1 Comment

recently, the washington post profiled photographer jordan matter and his book dancers among us.  here’s jordan talking about the project:

The inspiration for this book came to me one afternoon as I watched my son, Hudson, playing with his toy bus. I was trying to keep pace with his three-year-old mind as he got deeper and deeper into a fantasy involving nothing more than a yellow plastic box and armless figurines. At least that’s what I saw. He saw frantic commuters rushing to catch the 77 local bus to Australia. He jumped in place, mouth open and slapping his knees, joyously reacting to a world I couldn’t see, but one powerfully present for him.

What happens to this enthusiasm, this ability to be wholly present in the moment? Why are these pure moments of passion so often replaced with cynicism, boredom, and indifference? As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through his eyes. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life.

check out a sample of his work below (with more pics here).  spotted at thesmithian.

black swan

08/21/12 1 Comment

Photo: Inez Lamsweerde

No one ever told me I couldn’t, so I had no fear, just so much hope. I just went into it loving what I do and saying I’m going to work hard to prove myself…I’ve realized I don’t fit the mold and I have to remember that it’s OK not to follow others’ path, because there really is no one that I am like.

misty copeland, the 1st black american female soloist for the american ballet theatre in over 20 years (3rd all-time).  check out this great feature on her come-up as well as the photo slide show after the jump.

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