Teachers can pick from 12 different ways to approach choreography with their students. Studetns will get an opportunity to explore the creative process with their fellow dancers.
This article from 1914 covers the Paris Opera House perfromance of dancers from the Imperial Theatres of Moscow and St. Petersburg. It contains quotes from Serge Diaghileff.
This article in the New York Times covers this year's DanceAfrica festival and it's "revered and beloved" founder and master of ceremonies, North Carolina's own, Chuck Davis.
After losing costumes and sets to Hurricane Sandy, the Martha Graham Dance Company rebuilds, recreates and reinvents itself. It is the companion article to the video, Martha Graham: Myth and Transformation.
In Alchemies, up-and-coming choreographer Adam Barruch transforms everyday gestures â€“ a reach, an embrace, a finger pointed skyward â€“ into a reverie of human interactions. While this is a non-narrative work, the dancersâ€™ characters come to the foreground as they move through the patterns Barruch has created, accentuated by a layered electronic soundscape by the London duo Raime.
What if there were angels moving among us on earth? Rising choreographer Jennifer Archibald explores this intriguing possibility in her new work, Wings -- an unabashedly emotional portrayal of interactions between angels and humans. Set to an ambient score by veteran dance composer Michael Wall, Archibaldâ€™s movement is ferocious yet vulnerable, showcasing both the dancersâ€™ athletic prowess and raw honesty.
Phil Bertelsenâ€™s documentary Beyond the Steps wonderfully captures Aileyâ€™s triumphant return to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005. Hereâ€™s a short video clip of the Company performing Love Stories â€“ featuring the choreography of Robert Battle â€“ with commentary by veteran Ailey dancers Matthew Rushing and Guillermo Asca, and interviews with members of the audience after the performance.
With the rumble of a train and the toll of distant bells, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of Alvin Aileyâ€™s southern childhood are summoned to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. Aileyâ€™s first masterpiece poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called â€œhymns to the secular regions of the soul.â€
In this exhilarating work by Kennedy Center Honoree, McArthur Grant awardee and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening), rigorous formalism and musicality embody resilience and triumph over loss. The piece captures the infectious energy, innocence and will to survive of a beleaguered generation, and though it deals with sorrow, it maintains a defiantly celebratory tone.
In Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds.
Pas de Duke is Alvin Aileyâ€™s spirited modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux, originally created in 1976 as a showcase for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The work is comprised of five solos and duets that require extraordinary technical facility, flawless timing, and strong acting skills. Since its premiere nearly 40 years ago, it has been performed by generations of dancers who have each put their own unique twist on the choreography, and it has stood the test of time in part for how perfectly it captures the timeless sophistication of Duke Ellington's jazz music.
Alvin Aileyâ€™s Streams is an abstract exploration of bodies in space, danced to a percussion score by Miloslav Kabelac. The movement is a highly structured yet fluid compilation of solos, duets, and group passages. Each section is inspired by a body of water, from gentle brook to turbulent ocean, representing the changing emotional tides within us.
This video provides a glimpse into a movement class for children with autism. Parents and the teacher comment on how important the movement activities are for the children.
Students will learn how to find their center of gravity or apply a greater sense of control of center. This study varies the weight and lift of the body in or to maximize the use of the center. Students wil learn how flow, breathe, dynamics and use of space can lead to an enhanced understanding of movement technique.
This site offers a wealth of information about Ballet/Classical Artist from around the globe. Students will find information about dancers, choreographers, and the most influential in this form of dance.
This video freatures Beam by Japanese perfromance artists Eiko and Koma. Beam was the first of Eiko and Koma's pieces to be commissioned by the American Dance Festival, and they performed it at their ADF debut in 1983. Together they performed this work on top of a 6 foot tall dirt mound built on top of an orchestra pit.
This lesson begins on page 3 of the larger unit focusing on AMAN International Folk Ensemble. In this lesson students will explore several way to move in a large circle formation. Then students will create their own examples of large cicle movement. Accompanying video and music is found at http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Teacher-Resources/Artsource-Curriculum/Available-ArtSource-Units/AMAN-International-Folk-Ensemble---Suite-of-Appalachian-Music-and-Dance/
This video is a trailor for the Bill T Jones work, Story/Time. The work combines movement from the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's repertoire and 70 minute-long stories written and spoken by Bill T Jones. Inspired by the work of John Cage, all the elements combine by chance, creating a different experience for the audience every time.