Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:08 AM
I am aware of Stravinsky's Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant, which Balachine choreographed for 50 elephants in pink tutus, and 50 ballerinas including his wife Vera Zorina. What other non-human choreographic works have been produced? I am not interested in solo variations (pet dogs on their hindlegs) and require at least a coordinated pas de deux, and preferably a work involving a full corps.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:36 PM
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:05 AM
Your pick is much better than my own search through videos of (ho hum) dressage. Though I did find this old clip. I suppose the partner is not, technically, a non-human. Nevertheless it's worth it to see Nureyev's agitation in dealing with his partner -- quite different from the way the Philippe Priasso dances so harmoniously with his lovely and apparently much-adored back hoe.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:23 AM
Your source is correct, the munitions industry frequently arranges demonstrations of their products that include a kind of 'synchronized swimming' where they tout the maneuverability of their vehicles with fairly complex (and often dangerous) choreography. The Blue Angels, a precision flying team, tours the country on behalf of their sponsors, the U.S. Navy, performing in all kinds of public events. They appear every summer in Seattle and I've seen their program develop over the years -- it is quite elaborate and, in its own way, very beautiful. But probably the most interesting example of this kind of human-controlled dance that I've seen was in a school bus drivers rodeo several years ago -- a huge parking lot full of yellow buses crossing and circling in a 20th version of a court ballet.
You can look to the circus for examples of animals performing independently, or to working animals. This example of sheepherding made the rounds of the net a couple years ago, but it seems to fit in this category. I think you might find even more interesting material in the world of robotics. I'll try to find a couple of film clips, but the automated assembly lines in Detroit, that have extracted specific movement from human functions and combined them based on mechanical ergonomics, make great theater.
But we can also find examples of actual non-human choreography, that is, movement that was 'created' or 'assembled' by animals. The standard example is the dance bees do to tell their hive-mates where to find nectar, but there are many other situations where animals use movement -- in work, in play, in training their young -- that can be seen as intentional choreography.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:34 AM
Maybe you are thinking of something like this, a pas de deux for man and mechanical digger: staged in London by a French company a few years ago.
Priaso seems to be working in the same vein as Jamey Hampton from MOMIX and BodyVox
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