Saturday, February 13, 2010

Some dance and other things on the internet

I made this for EDAP last summer and thought I should post it here. It is in no way exhaustive, the world and the internet are very large places. The internet, however, is more easily searchable.

Some general goodness:
John Berger -Ways of Seeing

Ira Glass - from This American Life
On Taste: (talking about radio and TV, but I think it applies)

Great Sites

Sarma - a great site of dance criticism from Europe
[It can be a bit tricky to find things, oddly. I’ve found stumbling around to be the way to go - just following curiosity (as in many things.) Here’s some that I’ve bookmarked:]
– Jeroen Peeters - Living together on Stage
[This lists the critics - if you click on the one you want, and then on “texts” you’ll get everything that’s on the site for that author. For example:]
[The letters on dramaturgy are particularly good.]

Martha Graham (New York,  1894 –  1991)
Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) (New York)
Yvonne Rainer (New York, Current- but most active as choreographer in 60's / 70's)

Pina Baush (Germany, 1940 – 2009)
Le Sacre Du Printemps (Wuppertal Dance Theater) 
Meg Stuart (Brussels, Current)
Jerome Bel, (France, current)
huge amount of video of work and him talking about work: (kind like directors commentary)
some  hightlights:
About "Last Performance"
Sasha Waltz andd Guests (Berlin, Current)
Dave St Pierre (Quebec, current)

Ame Henderson/Public Recordings (Toronto, Current - Double Bill #1 collaborator) 

kg Guttman (Montreal, current, Double Bill #2 collaborator) 

Jonathan Burrows (UK.Brussels, current) 

Other places to find interesting work:
Festival TransAmerique - Montreal Festival:
Impulstanz - Vienna Festival:
TanzimAugust - Berlin Festival:
Jacob's Pillow (upstate new york):

for many more  Canadian go here: 
Candance Network
[I haven’t much all of this (recent find), but it looks exciting.]

[Just found thing recently, but looks like an attempt at some of the things we were talking about]

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

A lot of very good things

Ok - we've got a lot going on in the next month that I want to make sure you know about. So there's a lot going on in this post - but here is a short summery.
1. Festival
2. Lunch conversations
3. Classes and workshops
4. Study group

Click through and follow links for more information.
See you soon I hope (oh and Rhubarb is on and company member Kate Hilliard has a show coming up)

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

nice thing to think about

From Vancouver choreographer Lee Su-Fe of battery opera:
I suppose that the function of minimalism (say, in dance) is to call up my imagination and my attention. And the function of maximalism - I borrow this term from Cornelius - is to blast me into nothingness. (full post)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009


What happens when John Travolta & Hema Malini's love child teaches herself to choreograph in a basement in Scarborough?
Dancemakers researchLAB with
Nova Bhattacharya
public showing
October 21, 2009  
7pm | $10

 55 Mill Street, Building 58
 The Cannery, Studio 313
 BOX OFFICE: 416-367-1800

Dancemakers and Nova Bhattacharya come together in the name of research.

The Dancemakers researchLAB is a space for a choreographer to work with the Dancemakers company for three weeks. researchLAB is a chance to explore, experiment and engage with contemporary dance. Without the pressure of full production, the LAB is a rare and important opportunity to play and grow; for the choreographer, the company and the form.

At the end of the three weeks Dancemakers holds an open showing for the public. This is a rare chance to get an intimate look at the process of making dance and making dance better.  

Nova Bhattacharya is a well known Bharatanatyam performer and as a choreographer who brings together western contemporary dance and traditions from India.  

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Thinking Out Loud October 19 update

Looking forward to the second study group on Monday.

The last one was great - a set of wonderful but radically incomplete notes are posted on the brand spanking new Thinking Out Loud blog - you're source for notes, updates and discussions surrounding the reading group. I'll flag new post here for a while, but add the new one to your RSS or Google Reader.

Rereading the What is the contemporary? article – I want to acknowledge that it’s pretty dense and there is a lot of language that requires second (or more) readings and liberal use of a dictionary. But this excites me. And it excites me in relationship to last weeks reading of The Act of Study. I’ve been thinking about marking the ideas or sentences that flash or pop out to me and connect with my preoccupations. We’ll work through the ideas and writing together through our own responses, a process I’m looking forward to. So, no fear, we're in it together.

I also wanted to link to another article that, I think, addresses some of the same issues with an explicit tie in to practice, specifically Martha Graham. We’ll focus on What is the contemporary? But the other two will be a tie in to dance practice.

To access the new article, just click here: How modern is modernism? The Relevance of Reconstruction. An Essay by André Lepecki about the Martha Graham Retrospective. As always, this new article is available in hard copy at the Dancemakers office.
We’ll still be looking at Reconstructing Dance: Taking an Active Interest in the Legacy of Dance: a short essay/website from the Goethe-Institut website.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Next Thinking Out Loud October 19

Our inaugural Thinking Out Loud – the Study Group session last  Tuesday was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who came.

If you weren't there, we hope you can make it out to the next one, so we can share ideas and pretzels with you, too.

We will be posting our “notes” from the first session online in case you’re interested in checking out where our discussion ventured.

The next meeting will take place on Monday October 19th at 6:30pm.  We will once again be gathering in the studio at Dancermakers’ Centre for Creation (click here for a map/directions) on the 3rd floor.

All you need to do is RSVP and show up (with some spare change for a beer or a glass of wine).  Feel free to bring some dinner with you to eat during our discussion, or on the break we promise we will take around 7:45pm

We will be discussing Giorgio Agamben article What is the contemporary? which can be found on the website by clicking here (you will need to register for the website in order to access the pdf – do it.)

We’ll also look at Reconstructing Dance: Taking an Active Interest in the Legacy of Dance: a short essay/website from the Goethe-Institut website.

Alternatively, swing by the Dancemakers office if you’d rather pick up a hard copy of both articles.

It’s a bit more challenging read – but we think worth it and good for conversation.

Although this next meeting is on a Monday, future dates for Thinking Out Loud are all Tuesdays:

December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, March 30, and April 27.

Please continue to spread the word to friends, colleagues, teachers, and so on, if you think this might tickle their fancy.

We look forward to another stimulating exchange!
Jacob, Megan, Kari and Leora
Dancemakers & The Dance Current

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Monday, October 5, 2009

AGNÈS VARDA just because

From a Believer interview:
Je résiste. I’m still fighting. I don’t know how much longer, but I’m still fighting a struggle, which is to make cinema alive and not just make another film, you know?
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