A unique experience for each person

News of Sydney Dance Company: Interview and Tour dates

Don’t miss the European Spring Tour 2018

See the terrific triple bill of Rafael Bonachela’Lux Tenebris, Cheng Tsung-lung’s Full Moon and Gabrielle Nankivell’Wildebeest at Théâtre National de la Danse Chaillot, Paris, at the Belgrade Dance Festival in Serbia, at Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and in Germany at the Movimentos Festival, Wolfsburg.

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How do you write down a dance?

Interview with Birgit Deharde, a freelance Choreologist and expert in Benesh Movement Notation

Why do we need Movement Notation?

Similar to music, dance needs to be written down, but unlike music, dance is a fleeting art. It has taken until the 20th century to find a tool to record dance notations and preserve these choreographies. It was Rudolf Benesh who created a tool for human movement notations in 1955 and defined choreology as “The aesthetic and scientific study of all forms of human movement by movement notation”.

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The Quantum Ballerina

Congratulations to Merritt Moore for Making FORBES „30 under30“

WOW! What an achievement. Not only has Merritt Moore made it onto the Forbes list this year, but she is also the one and only active ballerina with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford University!

Merritt shared her secrets as a physicist on pointe – “I really do think it’s made me a better dancer to have done physics and a better physicist to have done dance. You need the creative brain in the lab to think of new ideas, and you need the analytic brain in the dance studio to figure out your center of mass.”

I was lucky to get an interview with her. So enjoy these five questions for the Quantum Ballerina!

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Du chic à la Française! Der französische Ballettstil

Was bedeutet Ballett nach der französischer Schule?

Diese Frage stellte ich Mélanie Borel, einer Balletttänzerin des Balletts Zürich, die in Frankreich ihre Ausbildung zur Profitänzerin absolvierte.

Es handelt sich um eine Methode, wie das Balletttraining absolviert wird. Grundsätzlich sind die Schritte, Drehungen und Sprünge in allen Schulen gleich. Es ist ein Stil, ein Akzent. Vergleichbar mit unserer Sprache ist auch das Ballettvokabular: Wörter und Grammatik sind gleich, nur die Aussprache setzt verschiedene Akzente. Continue reading “Du chic à la Française! Der französische Ballettstil”

Knackt das Ballett Zürich den Nussknacker?

Interview mit Christian Spuck über das neue Ballett NUSSKNACKER UND MAUSEKÖNIG am Opernhaus Zürich

Der NUSSKNACKER ist DAS weltberühmteste Weihnachtsballett. Warum braucht es eine Neuinszenierung?

Meine Neuinszenierung basiert auf der Original-Nouvelle von E.T.A. Hoffmann. Mich faszinierte die Idee, die Geschichte der Prinzessin Pirlipat wieder in das Ballett zu integrieren. Da lassen sich dann all die schrägen Theaterregister mit viel Ironie und Humor ziehen.

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I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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Swan Lake has taken 4 years of patience

Interview with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer

Everybody knowns the story of Mao’s Last Dancer but not everyone is aware of his current career as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. I was lucky to get the opportunity to talk to him about the new production of Swan Lake. Then I was invited to watch a rehearsal which I really loved. It was heartbreaking!

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