When Rain, created by the Rosas Company in 2001, entered the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire ten years later, Director of Dance Brigitte Lefèvre brought a whole dimension of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s world to the Paris Opera, giving dancers and audiences alike the possibility of undertaking a unique visual and auditory kinaesthetic experience. Since the 1980s, the choreographer has continually played a key role in the world of contemporary art, marking the emerging Flemish scene with the imprint of an original language initiated with the New York avant-garde and borne by a quest for composition in all its forms. Parallel to her intense theatrical work, she has also developed an art of minimalist purity through skilfully dynamic choreography seeking “to burst into life” in a kaleidoscope of perpetually changing forms.
Set to Music for Eighteen Musicians, Steve Reich’s major score composed in 1976, Rain embodies the culmination of a dance form drawing its own spatial polyphony from the mathematical principles of musical composition, a polyphony which also materialises on the floor, where the infinite trajectories of the dancers criss-cross like brightly coloured pick-up sticks. Music and dance become one until, breathless and exhausted, they discover the motifs of an exhilaratingly profound work concealed within their own inner mysteries where freedom and constraint, rigour and profusion, unity and reduction all rhyme with each other.
Performed by members of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris accompanied by Ensemble Ictus and Synergy Vocals as conducted by Georges-Elie Octors.
Recorded October 2014 at the Opéra national de Paris.
In 1942, acclaimed American dancer / choreographer José Limón created a new piece set to J.S. Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor for solo violin. Now an integral part of the repertory of his namesake company, earlier this year the ensemble teamed up with WQXR and violinist Johnny Gandelsman for this gorgeous video, shot in the Limón Dance Company’s Harlem rehearsal space.
The film, co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, was made in CinemaScope and Eastmancolor. Although well received critically at the time, it was not a commercial success, and is widely regarded as the last of the major MGM dance oriented musicals. In recent years it has been recognized as a seminal film because of the inventiveness of its dance routines.
It's Always Fair Weather is noted for its downbeat theme, which may have hurt it at the box office, and has been called a rare "cynical musical".
To be a dancer is to work your body to the breaking point. In the project Inframen, Nir Arieli creates a series of portraits using an infrared technique that reveals blemishes that lie under the dancer's abused skin, like scars, stretch marks, sun damage, etc. Like a form of voyeurism, this photographic process strips away the dancer's outer shell, exposing hidden flaws. In Inframen, the surface of the skin becomes a metaphor for the dancer's interiority.
London-based filmmakers Thomas Bryant and Gitanjali Patel capture Brazilian dance craze passinho in this documentary about dance troupe Os Fabullosos—four dancers based in Queimados, a municipality on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Director and choreopgraphy Blanca Li with Tilda Swinton and the dancers from the Blanca Li Dance Company : Slate Hemedi, Alexandra Jezouin, Julien Gaillac, Joseph Gebrael
Special thanks to Nick Cave for the music Love Letter Creative director Jerry Stafford Wardrobe Susan Lu Hair Nounzio Carbone Makeup Karim Rahman
Set Studio Calentito 134
Production company UTURN Première Heure executive producer Elisabeth Fabri editor Mario Battistel color garding Sylvain Canaux Post production Saint Louis / Première Heure - Louis Arcelin
Coordination Christine Bergstrom
Love Letter performed by Nick Cave and the bad seeds written by Nick Cave published by Mute Songs Ltd courtesy of Mute Records Ltd/ BMG rights management Thank you to all the people that made this film possible Richard Cross / Association Les Amis d'Iccarre / Maria Cornejo (ZERO collection) Lina Audi (LIWAN collection) / Studio Calentito 134, Hamilton Hodell, Catherine Miran, Haley Lim, Atelier 68, BMG Company, St Louis Post House, Schmooze.
You probably aren’t aware of ICCARRE and Dr Leibowich, the French immunologist at the forefront of a series of trials looking at the effects of reducing HIV medication in the treatment of patients. In English, the name ICCARRE translates as “taken in short cycles, anti-retrovirals remain effective.” During two clinical trials involving 94 patients taking the standard “triple cocktail” combination of drugs, seven days a week, Dr Leibowitch reduced their treatment plan to just four days a week with 100% success rate. The relief of both the psychological and the physical consequences of daily medication is immeasurable.
* For a better experience play this film in 4K and use headphones. ••• ' Every time I go back to Sardinia to visit my family, I see this abandoned building in front of the sea. I felt it was the perfect place for Léo Walk and his choreographic imagination to perform, surrounded by the ruins, the surreal light of the costa verde and the intense voice of Mercedes Sosa. It creates this subtle feeling between vitality and melancholy that I wanted to express in this film. Sit back and enjoy! ' ••• FR ☞ http://www.konbini.com/fr/inspiration-2/isola-quand-la-danse-mele-avec-brio-modernite-et-melancolie/
"Resting Bitchface, they call you. But there is nothing 'restful' about you..." - Our latest work 'Ode to my Bitchface' is a dance film we made in reaction to the amazing fierceness of Olivia Gatwood's poem of the same name. Beautifully delivered by Olivia in a live performance, we felt like we had to dance the chills out of our bodies as soon as we saw her original video. - Shot & edited by our wonderful friend and collaborator Tim Davis (http://timdavis.me) Poem written and read by Olivia Gatwood (http://www.oliviagatwood.com) Choreography & performance by Rebecca Björling & Rebecca Rosier for We:R Performance Collective Shot at Tegelscenen