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  • Helen of Troy – Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra

    Helen of Troy – Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra

    Helen of Troy, one more “player” in Clytemnestra, Martha Graham’s only full-length production… Feeling responsible for causing the Trojan War, Helen of Troy, danced by Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, expresses anguish and guilt the Graham way. This is dance drama. Classic mythology… And as such it may or may not suit the taste of today’s audiences. I hope you enjoyed this short video from Clytemnestra. If so, please like then share it with others.

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  • The Forsythe Company – Decreation

    The Forsythe Company – Decreation

    Inspired by Canadian poet Anne Carson’s collection, Decreation, this theater production of the same name is more theater than dance. Choreographed by William Forsythe for Ballet Frankfurt in 2003, the dancers’ emotions in this award-winning performance always seem on the verge of even more intensity…as if they’re at the point of (psychological) spillover. Decreation is a lofty effort to translate Carson’s ideas into movement by analyzing the painful reality of a difficult relationship. The Forsythe Company is based in Dresden, […]

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  • New York Live Arts – Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray

    New York Live Arts – Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray

    Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company has since merged with Dance Theater Workshop and is now New York Live Arts. Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray pays tribute to the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The piece comes across as particularly dramatic with often more of an emphasis on theater than on dance. There is also a lot of back and forth between theater and dance, at least in this excerpt, taking away from a sense of continuity. […]

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  • Netherlands Dance Theatre: Jiri Kylian’s Stamping Ground

    Netherlands Dance Theatre: Jiri Kylian’s Stamping Ground

    Much of indigenous Australian dance is based on animal movements which is the inspiration for Kylian’s Stamping Ground. Kylian seeks to understand the relationship between modern ballet and the Aboriginal dance which is characterized by stamping. The dancers in Stamping Ground establish relationships with one another as they choose. They act and react to one another’s movements. Are the dancers supposedly particular animals…or just mimicking animal movements? Some don’t consider this to be one of Kylian’s better pieces. Unusual choreography. […]

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  • How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert

    How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert

    Sometimes we all need to step back for a moment and think about how others must struggle with trying to understand an art form that’s unfamiliar to them. An art form like modern dance! But after watching Gesel Mason, dancer, and Cheles Rhynes, narrator, in the sidesplitting “How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert” or “What in the Hell are They Doing on Stage?”, you’ll never again have to shake your head, wring your hands, or otherwise be at a […]

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  • Danza Moderna

    Danza Moderna

    Lythe, long legged, and lovely… There’s nothing extravagant or unexpected in this performance. It’s simple and sensual with sincere expression and strong technique. Danced by Kirsten Wicklund to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.. Ms Wicklund is a soloist with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance and Artistic Director at Provoke Movement Project, a group dedicated to supporting and training up-and-coming dancers. This is one to appreciate and relax with. Please like then share with others.

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  • Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan – Moonwater

    Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan – Moonwater

    If you know anything about Tai Chi, you’ll recognize the Tai Chi inspired movements of Cloud Gate’s Moonwater. Performed to Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello, it creates a beauty of its own uniqueness and an art form specialty. The water that was put on the stage at the end, however, felt somewhat disruptive to me and left me feeling….well…a bit cold….and, yes, wet. Cloud Gate brings East and West together. And martial arts becomes art. This exquisite DVD is […]

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  • Modern Choreography – Sylvania Pen

    Modern Choreography – Sylvania Pen

    There’s probably no more versatile an artist than Sylvania Pen. Not only does her dance repertoire include ballet, modern, Bollywood, jazz, hip hop, and Bharatanatyam; but she finds it the perfect medium to combine with other art forms such as photography, video work, and movies. As Pen herself tells her story, she started at five playing piano but had a tough time sitting still. However, getting a glimpse of herself in the mirror in her little blue dancing dress made […]

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  • Modern Dance Theater – Maria by Heike Hennig

    Modern Dance Theater – Maria by Heike Hennig

    Modern dance theater is a form of dance created by bringing together genuine dance and theater methods, most typically seen in Germany. The term was used as early as in the 1910s by the German expressive dance movement and its leading theorist, Rudolf von Laban. The intent of this movement was to contrast with the regimen of classical ballet. Choreography – Heiki Hennig Music – Handel Enjoy this inspiring DVD that takes you into the lives and passionate careers of […]

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  • Indian Dance Contest: Bharatanatyam, Folk, Fusion & Modern Dance Competition

    Indian Dance Contest: Bharatanatyam, Folk, Fusion & Modern Dance Competition

    This is a clip from an Indian dance contest. Four different dance genres were represented: Bharatanatyam, folk, fusion & modern dance. Supposedly there are some unfortunate political correctness issues that crop up in the Bharatanatyam competitions. Dance often represents society at large, so it’s not unusual to see the influences of politics as well as the expression of politics in dance. Instructional DVD with Meera Varma, internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, introduces you to three popular Indian dances. Easy to […]

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