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    David Hallberg

    Behind the scenes photo shoot with David Hallberg -- Dance Magazine May 2012 http://www.dancemedia.com/v/6847
  2. "Neumeier: the presiding spirit of Hamburg" by Valerie Lawson This article first appeared in The Australian on 25 February, 2012 http://dancelines.co...rit-of-hamburg/
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    Natalia Osipova

    Youth Arts In Action's Inspiring Artists series. Natalia Osipova interviewed by Youth Arts in Action mentors Maria Sascha Khan and Nadia Khan: Natalia Osipova Interview - Part I Natalia Osipova Interview - Part II
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    New clip: Evgenia Obraztsova, Romeo and Juliet
  5. CATcerto. ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis. Soloist is Nora The Piano Cat
  6. Sybil Shearer's evaluation of John Neumeier quoted in a review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. "His praise continues, as the woman who discovered him (none other than the mystical dancer Sybil Shearer) reflects on the choreographer’s progression, ‘Yes, the phenomenon of John Neumeier is unique in the world of ballet. He is avant-garde in an entirely different way from anyone else. He is not rebelling, he is not straining for recognition, lie is not taking up a cause, or joining a school, or throwing out the past. He is simple; through his own integrity and insight, pointing a way to the futu
  7. Thank you Richka, that was so interesting. I was wondering if Neumeier come into the studio with his choreography pretty well worked out or if he developed his ideas in the studio? How did his way of working compare with other choreographers you have worked with?
  8. Leonid, did you know Helpmann? What do you think of the Salter biography?
  9. Here is Robert Helpmann's take on the topic.... When asked "Would the fashion for nudity extend to the dance?" Helpmann replied, "No. You see there are portions of the human anatomy which would keep swinging after the music had finished." page 213 Helpmann by Elizabeth Salter
  10. "Dancing is a feeling -- physical, emotional, and spiritual -- and that feeling changes of its own inevitable accord at every moment of your life." Suzanne Farrell in Holding on to the Air page 223
  11. "He gave the power of speech to every limb." David Garrick after seeing a famous dancer acrobat.
  12. A question answered by Jorge Donn in a documentary about Maurice Bejart. "What does dancing mean to a dancer?" "Dancing? It's a way of going further." From Le Temps d'un Ballet by Francois Reichenbach
  13. “Classical ballet is, in this sense, closer to music than anything else. In music, sound is arranged harmoniously, and what it asserts can be only partially rendered in words. In the classical ballet, it is the body, subject to the harmony of the steps it is executing, which speaks. And it speaks to the heart in as direct a language as does music.” from A Dance Autobiography by Natalia Makarova page 36
  14. "... Clement Crisp recalled the "words of the Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina, who described dancers as 'butterflies of a brief summer'." from "Turning Point" by Valerie Lawson in the Good Weekend. The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 2008, page 21.
  15. ..."when challenged directly once with the question "What keeps you in ballet?" he [John Cranko] answered. 'Well, if it's just steps, it's obviously not worth devoting one's life to. ... There's a limit to the amount of jumping around people can do. You can lift a girl only so high; she can spin around on her foot only so many times. One has to convert this extremely physical image -- a physical way of expressing oneself -- into a spiritual way of expressing oneself.'" Theatre in My Blood: A Biography of John Cranko by John Percival. Page 139
  16. 'Classicism,' he [Diaghilev] often said, 'is the university of the modern choreographer. The dancer and ballet-master of today must matriculate in it, just as Picasso must know his anatomy and Stravinsky his scales.' My Life in Ballet by Léonide Massine. page 85
  17. This is puzzling - perhaps there were different stagings of the final scenes for release in different countries. I was just lent a video of Ek's Giselle with Ana Laguna as Giselle. And on this copy Albrecht is totally naked while lying on the stage, rolling on the stage, dancing back to the audience and then standing at the end full frontal towards the audience. At first I thought this was necessary to show his vulnerability. But his vulnerability could have instead been expressed choreographically. In response to dirac's post... personally I wasn't shocked by nudity. I did find some of
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    Natalia Osipova

    Thanks for the advice chrisk217! I tried divx and it works but didn't like having to use an extra player so downloaded ffdshow and it is great. The files now open easily with media player or real player. During this exercise I also discovered that real player has a download button so you can download videos straight off of youtube.
  19. Henning Kronstam: "At times when I am tired or uninspired, I always go and watch the children." from the section on the development of the company in Henning Kronstam: Portrait of a Danish Dancer by Alexandra Tomalonis. page 385
  20. Henning Kronstam: "I did Sonnambula for twenty years. Then you really get into the role, and you really know what it's all about. But now, with five performances, maybe with two casts, I think it's mad. The audience gets cheated and the dancers get cheated because they never get the feeling of owning the roles." from Henning Kronstam: Portrait of a Danish Dancer by Alexandra Tomalonis. page 145
  21. Alicia Alonso “Life is not unjust with anyone,” she says in an interview with The Associated Press. “One is unjust with life because it always increasing[ly] demands you to do what you really can do.”
  22. Watching the POB dvd of John Neumeier's Sylvia the other night it struck me that his choreography celebrates a real love of movement and the body. And he is so connected to the music. I wondered if dancers feel that when they perform his ballets. For me Neumeier's choreography expresses beautifully and sensitively the human condition with its many, often conflicting, emotional and psychological levels. Does anyone else feel this way? I find it interesting that on BT there really isn't much discussion of his choreography and works.
  23. Alas, they're no longer up. There is a link to a video clip here...
  24. Has anyone seen The Legend of Joseph ? How would you compare it to Neumeier's other works?
  25. Clement Crisp on the lack of preservation of ballet on film. Written almost 25 years ago. "I am haunted by the impermanence of ballet. I find it tragic that in the century of the cinema, when newsreel film has preserved eighty years of nonentities, from the greasiest political opportunists to pop-singers, there is not one frame of the Diaghilev Ballet in action; that Nijinsky is to be seen only in five seconds of film that show an old man walking from his Vienna hotel. Even in the past thirty years a dismaying number of great ballets and great dancers have been lost to posterity." "Eve
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