Do you know who the women on the 50 Swiss Franc note is?  Do you anything about DADA?

Well, that lady is Sophie Taeuber Arp, a Swiss artist and contemporary dancer who was performing in DADA -costumes at the opening night of DADA in Caberet Voltaire in 1916. She has been studying dance with Mary Wigman at Rudolf von Laban choreographic training center in Zurich where she learned about a radical modern form of expressive movement art. She always wore handmade cubism-like masks to cover her face, as she was a professor at a Zurich Art School.


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Winners 2016 of Prix de Lausanne

The jury was made up of 9 internationally renowned dance professionals, chaired by Mr Julio Bocca, former Principal of American Ballet Theatre, New York and director of the Ballet Nacional Sodre, Uruguay.  Congratulations to all winners. They did a great job.

The 7 Prix de Lausanne 2016 prize winners are:

adveq 126 Hang YU, 16 years old, China


Beau-Rivage Palace 307 Madison YOUNG, 17 years old, USA

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Ballet Star Sergei Polunin: Intimate Prodigy

The James Dean of the Ballet WorldSergei Polunin was decribed by Daily Telegraph in 2012. He quit the Royal Ballet in London sensationally and stopped his golden carreer by himself. Enjoy to see him dancing in „Take me to church“, by Hozier, directed by David LaChapelle.


Article in the guardian from February 2015 von Judith Mackrell

Sergei Polunin dances with his demons to Hozier’s Take Me to Church
David LaChapelle captures the Ukrainian dancer’s battle to make peace with his talent – and in another viral video, Baryshnikov partners Lil Buck

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11 Things You Should Stop Saying To Dancers

Dancers hear a lot of annoying things on a regular basis. Sometimes it gets hard to just grin and bear it without offering a sassy response. Just in case you know a dancer, here are 11 things we are sick of hearing (so stop saying them).

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The UK Critics‘ Circle National Dance Awards 2016

The full list of prizewinners – Congratulations to all winners!

Emerging artist

Matthew Ball, The Royal Ballet

Jane Attenborough dance UK award

Tamara McLorg

Best classical choreography

Wayne McGregor for Woolf Works, for the Royal Ballet

Best modern choreography

Crystal Pite for Polaris, for Sadler’s Wells

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„What is Sleeping Beauty?“ Alexei Ratmansky researched


Alexei Ratmansky is one of the most reknowned choregraphers today. He reconstructs and revives old ballets by spending months to study the movement score, step by step. So Sleeping Beauty came out with more subtlety, with more gradation and more in-between things. These are small differences but in the end it makes a changed ballet. Weiterlesen „„What is Sleeping Beauty?“ Alexei Ratmansky researched“

Brutal Bolshoi – a film on the acid attack

Film lifts the curtain on infighting at the institution after an acid attack on its artistic director. The Calvert Journal reports – Source: The Guardian

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The film has been shown on HBO in the US. It was released on 8 January 2016 in Great Britain’s cinemas. Its premiere has not yet been announced for Germany and Switzerland.