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  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (Ovation TV)

    Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (Ovation TV)

    Here we see a brief history of dance from the late 1920s through the era when modern dance was coming into its own. In the 20s performance dance was marked by Broadway musicals, vaudeville skits, minstrel shows, and ballroom exhibitions. Dance of a more serious nature meant classical ballet from Europe. As dance moved away from the rigid structure of ballet we see early innovators such as Isadora Duncan. However, when we trace our way back from Martha Graham who […]

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  • Martha Graham Dance Company – Diversion of Angels

    Martha Graham Dance Company – Diversion of Angels

    Set to the score of Diversion of Angels by Norman Dello Joio and choreographed by Martha Graham with the same name… Dancers come on stage as splashes of color, red yellow, and white, representing abstract tributes to love and enhanced, by contrast, by the ensemble. Diversion of Angels is dramatic in expression but without quite the intensity of emotion that many of Graham’s other works have. Much of this clip has a “sweeter”, more lyrical feel than what we typically […]

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  • Netherlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – Birth-Day

    Netherlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – Birth-Day

    This particular episode of Birth-Day by Jiri Kylian is a fun-loving work created in honor of Mozart’s birthday. It gives us another Charlie Chaplin type performance created by filming the performers to music that had been slowed down, then returned to a normal speed. Film is the only medium other than live performance that Kylian worked in. However, his work was innovative and dynamic in part because of his collaboration with artists in other media. The humor and facial expressions […]

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  • Silhouettes – America’s Got Talent – 2011

    Silhouettes – America’s Got Talent – 2011

    42 of America’s best perform on America’s got Talent, 2011. Silhouettes, from Denver, Colorado, under the direction of Lynne Waggoner-Patton gives us this stunning, patriotic performance, dedicated to the military. I can think of no other art form where each performer plays such an integral part in the making of the whole…and one in which that whole suffers more quickly if even one performer falls short. Such is the beauty, and the responsibility, with Silhouettes where these amazing 3-18-year-old youths […]

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  • Die Mobilés – Moving Shadows

    Die Mobilés – Moving Shadows

    Die Mobiles is a theater group which was founded in 1979 by professor Kafi Biermann. Known then as “Das Kolner Bewegungstheater”, the group was made up of a group of students from varying sports and dance backgrounds. This particular type of presentation, known as “Bewegungstheater” (physical or movement theater), is now taught at the German Sport University Cologne, a sport university in Cologne, Germany, and the largest of its type in Europe. Watch as Die Mobiles’ performers transform themselves into […]

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  • Jose Limon – Psalm

    Jose Limon – Psalm

    Though Limon continued to choreograph after Psalm, he may have thought this would be his last work since it was during this time that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Most likely as a consequence he put everything he had into Psalm. Inspired by The Last of the Just by Andre Schwartz-Bart, Limon created in Psalm a very powerful work with an intense sense of humanity. As well, it’s brimming to capacity choreographically. Anyone who loves and understands rhythms will […]

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  • Mozart: Birthday – Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian

    Mozart: Birthday – Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian

    Catch 1’25”, 1’56”-2’56”, and 2’14”. Love how her body reacts to the rolling pin! Brilliant. Just brilliant!

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  • Jose Limon – There is a Time

    Jose Limon – There is a Time

    Although Jose Limon passed away in 1972, his work lives on and continues to delight audiences everywhere. This despite changes we’ve seen in the world both culturally and socially since the Limon Dance Company celebrated its first anniversary over 65 years ago… There Is a Time is Limon’s interpretation of the Bible’s Ecclesiastes as seen in the intense emotions of the snapshot sequences of the solos and duets. A time, a place, a season, a purpose as we pass through […]

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  • Studio rehearsals Nederlands Dans Theater II – Ivan Perez

    Studio rehearsals Nederlands Dans Theater II – Ivan Perez

    Here we get a first hand both look inside the studio of Nederlands Dans Theater II and inside the mind of Ivan Perez, choreographer. For Perez dance is about discovery. Discovering the roots of one’s existence, one’s identity, then communicating those discoveries in a creative and artistic manner. Perez seeks to give expression to those discoveries through his dancers, by unleashing their potential through support, encouragement, and inspiration. Perez’ focus is the exploration of emotions with the intent of bringing […]

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  • Richard Alston Dance Company – Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms

    Richard Alston Dance Company – Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms

    Inspired by Johannes Vemeer, a Dutch painter in the 1600s, who was known for his use of light.. Delicate and emotional, Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms, 1997, had somewhat of a cautious, painstaking feel to it. The lighting shines on both the audience and the performers, giving the audience not only the sensation of being a part of the choreography but of an intimacy with the dancers as well as they touch skin to skin, shoulder to head. Richard Alston […]

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