Dance the cool robot!

HUANG YI zeigt am Tanzfestival STEPS einen poetischen Dialog zwischen Mensch und Roboter

Roboter sind auf dem Vormarsch. Sie nehmen uns zunehmend mehr Arbeit ab. Doch welche Beziehung haben wir zu Robotern? Was machen sie mit uns? Bedrohen sie unsere Arbeitsplätze? Ist künstliche Intelligenz am Ende besser als die menschliche?
Science-Fiction-Filme wie Inception und Star Wars faszinieren uns schon seit langer Zeit. Auch der oscarprämierte Film „Her“ hat 2013 Diskussionen ausgelöst, ob man eine Computerstimme lieben kann.

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Stunning Kristina Shapran & Sergei Polunin

Please excuse me: My last post didn’t work on all computers. I hope this one will do!

Enjoy this beautiful video. Wait a bit until it starts!

Have a great long weekend!

 

On July 2013 George Harvey and Garage Magazine invited ballet dancers Sergei Polunin and Kristina Shapran to create an unrehearsed improvisation to Satie’s Gnossienne No1.

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5 Dinge, die Sie über Ballettvorstellungen wissen sollten

1. Die Premiere ist meist nicht die beste Vorstellung!

Selbstverständlich sind Premieren bei den Zuschauern besonders beliebt. Mir gefällt es, die spezielle Atmosphäre zu geniessen, das brandneue Stück zu sehen und nachher auf der Premierenfeier die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer zu beklatschen und zu feiern.

Aber qualitati v finde ich meist die vierte oder fünfte Vorstellung besser. Dann haben sich alle Schritte und Bewegungen eingeschliffen, die Nervosität hat sich gelegt, die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer sind sicherer und können an Perfektion und Ausdruck feilen. Das Ganze wirkt souveräner und in sich runder.

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Polina Semionova Foto Staatsballett Berlin

Wenn allerdings zu viele Vorstellungen in der gleichen Besetzung getanzt werden, schleicht sich ein Gewohnheitseffekt ein. Damit meine ich, dass die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer zwar routinierter sind, aber das Feuer und die absolute Begeisterung nachlassen. Natürlich sind diese Effekte bei professionellen Companien gering.

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TOP 10 Best Contemporary Choreographers

STEPS Contemporary DANCE FESTIVAL in Switzerland is presenting famous choreographies from 7. April to 1 May 2016 over 90 events in 40 stages

When I saw the program for this Dance Festival I started to think about my TOP 10 famous contemporary Choreographers. It is difficult to say what I love most and what I have seen lately which, which is uppermost in my mind.

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As Contemporary dance is an art, it is judged by each person in a subjective way. This means that what one person perceives as ‚the best‘ might not be ‚the best‘ for another one.

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Degas Ballerina re-created in Valentino for 15.000 Dollars

Harper’s Bazaar just did an amazing photo-shoot with rising star Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principal Dancer with A.B.T., channeling the famous Degas ballerinas in Designer dresses of Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen.

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Why are Degas paintings still popular today?

I love the paintings of Degas, as his works transport us into the inner sanctum of the ballerina. As observers within the Paris rehearsal rooms, we see the dancers as they really are – authentic, hard working and totally focussed on their bodies and their movement. The smallest details reveal themselves within the paintings – the rustle of a skirt, the quiet word of the ballet master to correct a movement or the preparing for an arabesque.
It’s a world away from the performance stage where the dancers appear perfect and totally in control.

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DADA, DANCE and 50 SWISS FRANCS

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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Review: Ratmansky‘s Reconstruction of Swan Lake – Better? Different?

Opening night at the Opera Zurich on 6. February 2016

As much as I like the performance of the Zurich Ballet, ballet lovers may be confused by the steps and dancing. In the old days, ballet had different standards as we are now used to. It was all about conveying a story – meaning a lot of acting, and less jumps and footwork. Even the most famous of arm movements were not shown. I really missed seeing these beautiful swan-like movements.

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Ratmansky’s swans however are more like girls. Odette plays the part of a young lady who falls in love, and is shocked after her lovers betrayal. I must say, I like this performance a lot – stunning setting, awesome costumes, great pantomime, brilliant principal dancers, perfect corps de ballet, however I still prefer the quality of dance that we have today.

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