Netflix’s Tiny Pretty Things

Maybe tiny….but not so pretty?

Long winter 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.

But as you would expect in any TV drama – this dance school is anything but ordinary. Get ready for a school full of harassment, eating disorders, backstabbing, pill addictions and of course an over demanding choreographer! Throw in an unsolved crime, ballet ‘mummies‘, broken hearts, inappropriate affairs and it all adds up to some great viewing. 

For any dance lover, ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ is a great chance to learn more about the daily routine of a ballet school. Even if morning class in this school seems less like school and more like a nightmare – with its competitive atmosphere, cruel teachers and endless demanding dance routines. In this school, the students never feel that they can really make the grade. 

The main characters: Neveah played by Kylie Jefferson and Oren played by Barton Cowperthwaite

Neveah, one of the lead characters sums up the mood perfectly: 

„Always something hurts. Somewhere on your body, there’s pain – an ache that comes from pushing beyond what any person was ever meant to do.

Aside from the obvious cliches, there are some fantastic dancing scenes in the series, from hiphop to classical ballet. Most of the main characters are professional dancers – Michael Hsu Rosen, a New Yorker who plays Frenchman Nabil, has been starring on Broadway since he was 17. Daniela Norman, as June , trained with the English National Ballet and appeared in the West End production of An American in Paris.

Link to Netflix

In German it’s called : Dein letztes Solo


My Top 5 Ballet and Dance Videos filmed in lookdown

Ballet Dancers in Isolation

Swans For Relief

32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne (The Swan) variation sequentially with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by cellist Wade Davis, in support of Swans for Relief. Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund, or other arts/dance-based relief fund in the event that a company is not set up to receive donations.

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#WorldBalletDay on 29 Oct 2020

A Must For all Ballet- and Dancelovers!!!

What a great program and variety!

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How dancers learn steps?

How to achive Automaticity?

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 programme 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

What Dance Can Do – Bring Dance to Children

Dance changes lives. We have seen it happen!

Interview with Aurélia Sellier, Founder and President of „The What Dance Can Do Project“.

Tell me about „The What Dance Can Do Project“.

We fund dance programs and events for children and young adults made vulnerable by illness, poverty or exile. We also aim to celebrate the power of dance by sharing the stories of dancers, and encourage the work of people who use their art to make the world a better place.

I founded this international Switzerland-based non-profit organization in 2018. It’s run by a team of volunteers, based in Zurich, Paris, Brussels and Wellington. Our first destination was the township of Gugulethu near Cape Town, where we collected stories of the teacher, dancer and social entrepreneur Theo NDindwa and his students and made photographs. Photography is an important medium for us, and we had our work, text by me and images by the photographer Selina Meier exhibited in Copenhagen thanks to The Royal Danish Ballet.

Help us and bring dance to children – Introduction by Selina Meier and Aurélia Sellier
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Fallen – A Dance Performance

Tanz und Video als Auseinandersetzung mit der Vergangenheit, gegenwart und Zukunft

Im Rahmen von #ZeitsprungIndustrie Baden findet diese Live-Performance mit 5 Tänzerinnen am 3. und 4. September 2020 in der alten Metallgiesserei in Rieden statt. Bitte reservieren!

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Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

watch this outstanding work on Marquee.TV

It’s one of the best choreographies I’ve seen. As many of you know, I really love the contemporary works of Crystal Pite, an outstanding female choreographer who works internationally with the best companies.

DIRECTOR Crystal Pite, Jonathon Young, Jeff Tudor
STARRING Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre, Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, Jonathon Young

Betroffenheit is a riveting, tender-hearted exploration of loss, isolation and survival in the aftermath of a life-altering tragedy. This dance-theatre hybrid has been acclaimed as the „best dance show of the 21st century“ by The Guardian and won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Jonathon Young was also deservedly awarded Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Five astonishing performers create the mindscape of Young’s tormented central character as he moves from despair towards the hope of recovery. Written by Young and choreographed by Crystal Pite, the result is a genre-defying piece of dance theatre that has stunned critics and audiences worldwide. Betroffenheit was recorded during its sold-out performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, in April 2017. This sensitive performance capture was directed for the screen by Jeff Tudor, winning the Rose d’Or (Arts) and Golden Prague (Performing Arts) awards 2018. (source: Marquee.TV)

Foto on Top © Marquee.TV

„Ich war eine sonderbare, sonnige Person“

Eine Annäherung an den Starchoreografen MARTIN SCHLäPFER- im Gespräch mit Bettina Trouwbourst

Ein aussergewöhnliches Buch über einen aussergewöhnlichen Künstler – empfehlenswert für alle, die den gefeierten Ballettdirektor Martin Schläpfer genauer kennen lernen möchten.

Der gebürtige Schweizer spricht detailliert mit der Kulturjournalistin über seine Karriere als Tänzer, Pädagoge, Choreograf und Ballettdirektor. Gerade feierte Martin Schläpfer seine Abschied als Chefchoreograf und Künstlerischer Direktor des Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg. Ab 1. September 2020 übernimmt er die Leitung des renommierten Wiener Staatsballetts – eine gewaltige Herausforderung!

Martin Schläpfer vor dem Balletthaus, Düsseldorf 2018 © Markus Feger
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Jede Zeit hat seinen Tanz

Durch alle Epochen der Tanzgeschichte

Buchrezension: Eine kurze Geschichte des TanzeS von Dagmar Ellen Fischer

Das Buch stellt einen umfassenden geschichtlichen Abriss dar, der sich mit Tanz in unterschiedlichen Kulturen weltweit auseinandersetzt. Die Autorin weist im Vorwort darauf hin, dass sie bestimmte Schwerpunkte setzen und auch unbekannte Aspekte des Tanzes vorstellen möchte.

Seit es Menschen gibt, gibt es auch Tanz. Ein Zitat des berühmten Philosophen Plato leitet das 3. Kapitel zur Antike ein: „Tanz ist die Kunst, die die Seele des Menschen am meisten bewegt.“ Plato (ca. 428 – 348 v. Chr )

Unglaublich, zu welchen Anlässen früher getanzt wurde.  Das Buch gibt Auskunft über Jagdtänze, Teufelstänze, Begräbnistänze, Waffentänze, Metzgertänzer, Schütteltänze und vieles mehr.

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