Why Are Some Stages Raked?

A blessing for the audience, Not FOR the dancers

A raked (or inclined) theatre stage is built on an angle that slopes upward and away from the front the stage, away from the audience. It improves the view, supports the illusion and help make choreographic designs clear. Raked stages are nowadays usually with a rake of 5 degrees or less. There are far more common today in Europe, with its deep theatrical traditions in the Middle ages. Almost all American stages have flat floors, except the Philadelphia Academy of Music and a few Broadway productions f.e. the version of the musical Billy Elliot.

Visiting professional dancers have been known to experience vertigo when they first set foot on raked stages. Balance is completely different. It takes a good deal of adjustment during the first few days on a raked stage, especially when turning. Even the risk of injury increases by three times for dancers on raked stages.

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Hooray – Live Premiere of Ballet Zurich

Walking Mad – Choreographies by Edward Clug and Johan Inger

For a reduced audience of 50 people due to covid regulations in Switzerland, a special program has been developed. This two-part ballet evening WALKING MAD already premiered on 1 May, next performances on 21 ans 22 May – no way to get a ticket!

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„Dance is Movement Refined to Communicate“

Friedemann Vogel’s message for International Dance Day 2021

Friedemann Vogel’s Message for International Dance Day on April 29th, 2021
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„EINE COMPAGNIE IST WIE EINE PRALINENSCHACHTEL“ – 20 Jahre Ballettdirektor Richard Wherlock am Theater Basel

Interview mit szenik und balletloversblog

Anlässlich seines Jubiläums haben sich szenik und der Ballettloversblog mit dem Choreografen und Basler Tanzdirektoren Richard Wherlock unterhalten. Ein Interview über seine unendliche Liebe zum Tanz, die Entwicklung seiner Ziele, die Auswahl der TänzerInnen und das Basler Publikum. Wir sagen: Alles Gute zum Jubiläum und auf die nächsten 20 Jahre!

Theater Basel: 20 Jahre Richard Wherlock I szenik am 15.04.2021
Interview: j. lippmann & e. hock am 23.03.2021, Visiokonferenz Schnitt: j. lippmann ///
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16 Amazing New Creations by Gauthier Dance

Eric Gauthier refuses to stand still

What an outstanding project created by Eric Gauthier! „The Dying Swan“ revisited in 16 new creations: 16 solos by 16 choreographers from all over the world, danced by the 16 dancers of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, with music by 16 componists, captured by 16 video artists: This is „The Dying Swans Project“.

How the project started

The initial spark for Eric Gauthier’s Dying Swan’s Project was ignited when Gauthier Dance’s extensive tour program in February and March fell victim to the extended lockdown. Eric Gauthier saw the increasing discouragement in the eyes of his dancers and he realized that he had to do something about it. His “dying swans” needed a new artistic challenge and so The Dying Swans Project was born! Small at first, but it was to get better. A few days later, Gauthier, himself a member of the “be a mover” community, was invited to a talk with Jörg Howe, Head of Global Communication at Daimler AG. When he shared his dream, Howe spontaneously offered him support.

Watch all terrific 16 choreographies here – coming consecutively!

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Becoming A Different Person On Stage

Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre James B. Whiteside

Learn more about incredible multi-talented James B. Whiteside who says „Ballet is dam hard“.

James Whiteside gives us a look inside the life of a professional ballet dancer. By In The Know on 25.02.2020
Meet James B. Whiteside, a professional ballet dancer, musical artist, drag queen, and so much more. Learn about his many dimensions and the state of modern ballet in this episode of In the Know Profiles.
Swan Lake – Isabella Boylston & James Whiteside on 08.10.2020 by the Cindies
ABT principal dancers Isabella Boylston & James Whiteside dance the „White Swan pas de deux“ from Swan Lake.
Ballet god James B. Whiteside serves up a raw dance performance by NOWNESS on 02.07.2020
Innovative vision, relentless passion, and four years of shooting and editing led to the creation of a cinematic exploration of dance from filmmaker and photographer Pasha (known as YOPOOSH). Death of a Teen Idol, as performed by American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside, forms part of the director’s wider Hotel Armada project, which captures the artistry of vogue, ballet and contemporary styles through energetic profiles of seventeen dancers…

CV by jamesbwhiteside.com

http://jamesbwhiteside.com/ballet-about

MAYBE TINY….BUT NOT SO PRETTY?

Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix

Long nights and lockdown are the perfect excuses to binge on some addictive TV. And for all dance lovers, Netflix’s new drama ‚Tiny Pretty Things‘ is just the treat we’ve all been waiting for!
This new 10 episode drama depicts the daily life of ballet students at an elite ballet academy in Chicago and is based on the book series of the same name, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

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I’m ready to put all the energy I can to make sure the world of ballet can and will still flourish

Interview with Ksenia Ovsyanick, Principal Ballerina with Staatsballett Berlin and Guest Star with Polish National Ballet

„… my language is DANCE. And my mission is to make people see, feel and relate, open their minds and to take their breath away…“

Quote of Ksenia Ovsyanick on https://www.ksenia-ovsyanick.com/
Still Ready – Directed and Danced by Ksenia Ovsyanick & Johnny MacMillan 

You are an outstanding dancer and artist who is looking for new challenges. What inspires you?

I really believe in the art form of ballet and dance. Aesthetically, dramatically, physically, culturally it has so much to offer, so what drives me is the desire to tap into as much of its potential as possible and to share it with people, get others inspired from it and with that to appreciate it.

Tanzenden Stern* trailer
Preview of Video Art installation by Zdenek Konvalina – Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick
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How Dancers Achive Automaticity?

The science of how dancers learn choreography

I found this amazing video of the Royal Ballet on Youtube and want to share it with you the science of how dancers learn choreography. What happens in the dancer’s brain? How does dance effect the brain?

The Royal Ballet Company loves to enriching people’s lives through ballet. It offers a lot for all ballet lovers, digital and learning platforms for young people and adults, international touring, ROH live cinema every season all over the world. Ballet production were regularly streamed online. In times of covid 19 the Royal Opera started a fanatic program for free to please all ballet fans.

Have a look:

It’s often said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, but what happens in a ballet dancer’s brain when they learn choreography?
Royal Ballet dancer Gemma Pitchley-Gale is joined by neuroscientists, healthcare professionals and psychologists to find out how performers learn, and the techniques they can employ to improve their performance. ©Royal Ballet London

Source: Royal Opera House, 28.10.2019

HOW BALLET HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 60 YEARS

Don Quixote – now and then

Compare these nine performances of Don Quixote Act 1 – pas de trois compilation 1960s-2010s Kirov/Mariinsky from 1960 to 2014. What do you think? Which one do you love the most?

Now & Then – Don Quixote Act 1 pas de trois compilation 1960s-2010s Kirov/MT
13.01.2016 © Navarre Brixen

Principal Dancers

1960s Budarin
1973 Nureyev
1983 Baryshnikov
1988 Ruzimatov
1990s Batalov
2006 Sarafanov
2008 Shklyarov
2013 Ermakov
2014 Kim

Photo on Top © kulturvideo.com