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.
In this video, students work in small groups to determine what it takes to make the conclusions of their essays stronger. The students read sample conclusions and rank them from weakest to strongest. The use of arguments and textual evidence in these samples allow students to revise their own essay conclusions modeled by the strongest conclusion.
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.
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 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.
This is an animated short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The film was created by students at the Ringling College of Art and Design and won a 2013 Student Academy Award.
This is a short song featuring farm animals, their names and respective animal sounds in Spanish. Originally the song was released in Italian and is now available in approximately 20 languages. There is a companion activity sheet to go with the music video.
This video features highlights from Pontus Lidberg's Giselle, danced by Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. It is the original, romantic storyline with a contemporary setting and a modern movement vocabuary.
Minus 16â€ is based on excerpts from other pieces in Naharinâ€™s repertory, including â€œMabulâ€ (1992), â€œAnaphazaâ€ (1993) and â€œZachachaâ€ (1998). Although the piece has a defined structure, it is tailored differently for each dance group, and features improvisational elements as well as audience participation.
This video contains movement exerpts and interviews with tap dancer and choreographer, Michelle Dorrance, as she receives a prestigious Jacob's Pillow Award.