In order to grasp the intricacies of the art of ballet, one must truly understand and appreciate the elements that have been incorporated into its delicate folds since its creation nearly 600 years ago. One such element has managed to leave a particularly indelible impression.
There is something captivating about ballerinas. The effortless way they mold themselves into impossible positions. The elegant lines they make with their bodies. The quiet strength and power they demonstrate. The “Ballerina Project,” created over the span of eighteen years, has been one of the leaders in sharing photos of the beautiful creatures.
When the legendary German modern dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch died suddenly in 2009, a mere five days after receiving a cancer diagnosis, the dance world was unsure what would become of her company, “Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.”
In 1967, a few miles from the California-Nevada border, a flat tire changed the trajectory of an artist’s career and life. New York City ballerina and Broadway dancer Marta Becket was camping with her husband in Death Valley, California when their trailer got a flat, sending them to Death Valley Junction for service.
Despite the physical challenges accompanying top-notch ballet dancing, and the audience’s lust for perfection, ballerinas appear tireless, weightless and ethereal. Although years of training are required for their flawless performances, the key is found in their dancing shoes.
French dancer, deep-sea diver, and filmmaker Julie Gautier carried out a stunningly beautiful six-minute underwater choreography, gliding through the crystal-clear water of the world’s deepest pool Y40 near Venice, Italy, for the video performance project “AMA.”
Emotional, impulsive and eccentric Sergei Polunin is one of the most gifted male ballet dancers of his generation. “He’s an artist who could make it on the level of [Rudolf] Nureyev and [Mikhail] Baryshnikov if he stays focused on dancing,” art critics say, acknowledging the Ukrainian-born man’s superstar quality.
“The Great Tamer” performance, conceived and directed by Greek experimental theater stage director, visual artist and choreographer, Dimitris Papaioannou, invites spectators to get out of the rut of traditional thinking through a revealing and somewhat unsettling tour running through March 29th, 2018.