Interview with Mladen, Composer, performer and interpreter
What does a ballet pianist do?
The ballet pianist’s job consists of playing the piano for ballet classes, that is to say accompanying the dancers in their daily workout and rehearsals in the ballet studio and on stage. Furthermore it is the key figure assisting the choreographer in the creative process from the musical point of view.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.