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vendredi 19 septembre 2014

Me and Manon

I looove this trailer for Manon by the Royal Ballet
MacMillian's breathtaking adult ballet

Let's not confuse art and life. 
IRL my devastating ways are only for those who deserve it

From Youtube
Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece. Find out more at

Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as 'not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor'. Designs by MacMillan's friend Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable poverty. MacMillan's spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux's impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan's earlier work, Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan's most heartbreaking dramas.

Live in cinemas Thursday 16 October 2014. Find out more at

mercredi 17 septembre 2014

Pole Dance in slow motion

New beautiful dance video on Nowness
"Director George Harvey captures award-winning pole performer Sarah Scott in this hypnotic, enigmatic short. As the exotic performance-turned-health activity takes over the fitness world, NOWNESS talked to the YouTube-taught, UK-based dancer and instructor about the origins and ideals of her strenuous practice."
Read more here

Dance and Life

Dance comes from life 
And not the other way around
Even if your passion tends to think differently.
That's why isolating dance in studios and on stage seems a big big mistake to me

That's what makes this film soo cool
Emily Kikta—one of the most dynamic dancers in the New York City Ballet corps—recently moved out of her old apartment and decided to take advantage of the empty space before she had to return her keys. The result is a site-specific ballet with some interesting restrictions: How do you make an exciting dance when you have to do it in an apartment the size of a postage stamp?

Dancers: Jackie Bologna, Preston Chamblee, Emily Kikta, & Peter Walker
Choreographed and Directed By: Peter Walker
Edited By: Emily Kikta & Peter Walker
Music: "Where's My Bow?" Yo-Yo Ma & Stuart Duncan

lundi 15 septembre 2014

Gracing the world of your dance

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 

It's not about being perfect, it's about stating something in the way you move, you choose to approach the music, you put your arms, hands, feet, toes
There's a truth here
A genuine choice for life

samedi 13 septembre 2014

You, lucky New Yorkers

Halston, woman’s costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

I would looove to see this exhibition
(hoping of course that exhibitions in NYC are less expensive than the ones in Paris):

Exploring the bond between dance and fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology
From sept 13 2014 to january 3rg 2015

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