Category: Inspiration


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When You Dance the Whole Universe Dances.
What a Wonder, I’ve Looked and Now I Cannot
Look away, Take Me or Do Not Take Me,
Both are the Same As Long as There is Life in
this Body, I am Your Servant.

~ Jalal-Al-Din Rumi

May we all take time to honor this incredible poet, author, civil rights activist, and survivor who inspired so many through her eloquence, grace, and endurance.

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Anthony Lee is an extremely gifted Dancer/Choreographer whom I actively seek new work from. Love his concepts and his precision. Enjoy.

Choreography:

Freestyle:

Watch:


SYTYCD S09E01 – Hampton Williams ‘Exorcist Style’ (Full Audition)

NL: “I think you just might be a genius.”

Each time I’ve watched this I’ve melted. LOVE IT

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Steven F. Arnold, originally from California, was a multi-media artist, a spiritualist, a gender bender (a person who transgresses gender roles sex). He was the protege of Salvador Dali. the range of his talent is expressed through painting, drawing, photography, rock music, movie posters, makeup, costume design, set design and film. He is best known for his surreal photographic tableaux living in black and white created in his “Studio Zanzibar” in Los Angeles, mounted in an old pretzel factory.

Steven F. Arnold (1943 - 1994) autoportrait

:-) :: The Steven Arnold Archive

“An incredible collection of some of global music’s finest musicians (including Karsh Kale, Natacha Atlas, and Nitin Sawhney!!) have gathered to contribute exclusive tracks and remixes to help raise money for fusion pioneer Cheb i Sabbah’s health care costs, in his battle against cancer.”

:-) :: SweetRelief.org, and SoundCloud to listen to Ranjaabi [epic!]

Track List:

Ali Maulaah (Janaka Selekta’s Sufi HiFi Remix) –  Cheb I Sabbah
Aao Saiyo –  Shabaz (Feat. Riffat Sultana & Sukhwat Ali)
Nomadic Sky –  Karsh Kale, Natacha Atlas, Nitin Sawney
Nadagroove –  Transglobal Underground
Sandstorm –  Karsh Kale
Too Much 21st Century (Remixed by Cheb i Sabbah: The Delhi Dhol Mix) – Bauhaus
Ranjaabi New Mix –  Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz
Ya Nari Revolution –  Amina Annabi
Bante –  Bill Laswell & Gigi
Freedom Is Free (Jef Stott Super Mix) –  Opium Feat. MC Raï
Omri Coulu Leek –  Natacha Atlas
Sabah –  Mercan Dede
The Lonely Chamber –  Azam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian
Flame Of The Forest –  Bombay Dub Orchestra (Feat. Kartik: Vocals & Violins – Sirishkumar: Tabla)
A Nomad Called Cheb i –  Watcha Clan
Maha Maya –  Jai Uttal
Sita Ram –  Dub Kirtan All Stars (Feat. David Starfire – FreQ Nasty – Rik Sharaj)
Twilight (Raga Yaman Kalyan) –  Pandit G.S. Sachdev
Naiharwa (Karsh Kale Mix) –  Kailash Kher
Jai Ganesha (Mix For Chebiji) –  Emam and Friends
Miyan Ki Todi –  Humayun Khan: Vocals & Harmonium Salar Nader: Tabla
Ragini –  Zakir Hussain: Tabla Kala Ramnath: Violin

Stephen Petronio

:-) :: http://huff.to/yZ4EAk
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Wow! A very dear friend and colleague has just written and published “Screaming Through the Silence: Memories, Truths and a Hope Towards Understanding.” Can’t tell you how proud I am that she had the courage, fortitude, and passion to find her voice so powerfully and eloquently. I had the extreme pleasure of finding an opportunity to read it while on an out-of-town excursion to attend advocacy training. I was nearly bursting with such pride when I finally put it down, and restrained myself until the following evening to call her and offer my deepest respect and admiration.

Kudos Mary Ann for your eloquence! Your voice is loud and strong. I am so proud of your insight, and your gentle graceful strength in articulating against the rape culture we currently inhabit. It is to work alongside you, and to bear witness to your spiritual growing and absoluteness. Life blessings to you and many thanks for allowing me to share this path with you!

About the Book:

“It happens quickly. I’m not in that house ten minutes before my world stops making sense.” From victim to survivor, Mary Ann Ricciardi pens from a most honest and heartfelt point of view, sharing what she knows to be true about the emotional ruin that trails behind the silence and myths surrounding intimate violence. In Screaming Through the Silence: Memories, Truths and a Hope Toward Understanding, Ricciardi writes with a purpose and desire to end the harmful silence of generations past and present. Presenting the issues simply and logically, Ricciardi’s “gentle rant” comes from years of social observations, her own personal struggle as victim turned survivor and her ongoing work with victims of intimate assault. Included are the voices of intimate assault and abuse survivors who so willingly share their truths in hopes of encouraging better understanding and awareness. “Society cannot understand because victims don’t tell; victims don’t tell because society does not understand.”

About the Author:

Mary Ann has been a Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Advocate at the Crisis Call Center since 2005, and has provided over 930 hours of face-to-face advocacy to child and adult victims of sexual assault, their friends and families in the year 2011 alone. She has been recognized by Senator Harry Reid, the Alliance for Victims’ Rights, and the Crisis Call Center as an exceptional advocate because of her tremendous dedication to and compassion for victims. Mary Ann continues to be an integral part of the SASS program not only as valuable member of the advocacy team, but also as a teacher, role model and mentor to advocate trainees.

Mary Ann is well known among her peers and colleagues as an outspoken, passionate activist whose writing and public speeches encourage societal dialogue and reflection on our views of rape. She reveals the long-term emotional and spiritual impacts of sexual assault and explains how our silence contributes to tacit acceptance and perpetuation of intimate violence.

*All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to various nonprofit shelters and crisis centers.

:-) :: Find it @ Amazon or Sundance Bookstores.
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Ades Pantocrator .2011 . oil on board in mdf . cm 50 x 28.

:-) :: Visit his website: Agostino Arrivabene

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Alvin Ailey, Jr. (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989)

A brilliant American choreographer and gifted activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Love this image.

:-) :: H/T: a dancer’s brain

One of my favorite genius Flamenco guitar musicians, is Ottmar Liebert who has re-Posted Winter Rose, on his site and it’s FANTASTIC!

From his website:

“Ottmar breathes new life into holiday favorites with sensitive, even haunting, arrangements of O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Holy Night. The CD also includes fresh interpretations of classical music, including Fauré’s Pavane and Les Roses D’Isphahan and Tchaikovsky’s Le Café from The Nutcracker. But perhaps the greatest delight are the six new songs written by Liebert especially for “Winter Rose,” including Westcoast, The Longest Night, Kora/River of Stars, and A Sweet Persimmon. Each captures the essence of the season. The result is an album that is both familiar and inventive, heartwarming and evocative.”

Do yourself a big favor and go here and listen particularly to Track #4 “le Cafe,” a sample of it is included in this Flickr video from BY-YOUR-⌘:

Moon-set Sunrise, posted with vodpod

:-) :: Go!

This is a wonderful 8 minute piece on art:

To have the opportunity to create some kind of light in the world — or some kind of trouble in the world — it’s a very valiant gift and I don’t take it lightly. -Stephen Petronio

Click to watch!

:-) :: via: Blake Martin Creative

Mikhail Baryshnikov

From the DCTV Blog:

Legendary ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, has donated 35 boxes containing his personal archives — video recordings, photos, documents and letters — to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The incredible archives include some rare gems, such as videos where Baryshnikov can be seen practicing in Riga, Latvia (where he was born) as a young boy of 11 or 12 , doing exercises at the Vaganova School and working with such greats as Balanchine, Cunningham, Robbins and Graham. There is so much material that cataloging and digitizing is estimated to take at least three years, at which point it should be searchable by year, performance, dancer or choreographer. Baryshnikov has said that this archive represents his whole life. Considering that the 63-year-old is still working as a dancer, actor and founder of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan, we are certain there is much more to come in his life.

This is cool. I particularly like the way tech inspires new ideas about how the crafting of projects like this materialize. It will be interesting to watch the finished product.

:-) :: Dance Channel TV

The MLK Memorial was released from its cage of scaffolding today in preparation for its ceremonial dedication amidst 4 acres of prime real estate in the National Mall – situated between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on August 28th. This dedication falls on the 48th anniversary of King’s delivery of his “I have a dream” speech from a spot nearby.

Sculpted by Master Lei Yixin of China, it stands 30 feet tall and is quite an impressive work of public art. The first non-white, non-presidential edifice on the mall – epic!

:-) :: More photos at the Christian Science Monitor

 
Update: In light of Hurricane Irene that is looming towards/through the east coast, I heard recently that the dedication has been postponed.
 

They are poetic and amazing! Amy’s workshops left me hungry for more, and that is exactly what I needed. Fascinating and mesmerizing.

Amy’s coming to Town! With UNMATA! Brining her very special brand of precision and style! Not only will we be honored to have them perform for us during Compression!, but we will also be graced with the opportunity of two workshops to sink our collective teefs into.

Head over to the Melting Pot, or visit ashaworlddancers.com to register!!

UPDATE: I found the Press Release with deets:

Tough Love Bellydance. Two workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata.
Sunday July 24, 2011 “All Work and No Play”12:30 to 2PM and
“Sigil School” 3PM to 4:30PM
Achieve Fitness 600 S. Center Street # 300 Reno, NV 89501
Contact: Holly/ Asha World Dancers 775-848-7203, ashanurseholly@gmail.com
Event Website Address: www.ashaworlddancers.com
Ticketed $44 per class, $75 for both. Register online at www.ashaworlddancers.com

Innovative choreographer will share her skills of Tough Love Bellydance, Hula and Hip Hop styles.
WORKSHOP #1: “ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES FOR A BORING DANCE CLASS” will introduce you to 5 dance and movement games designed to get you out of your box and possibly into someone else’s!
WORKSHOP #2: “SIGIL SCHOOL”
Learn about choreography and dance vocabulary such as : transitions, drills, counts, tempo, craft, and working backwards. See Amy and Unmata perform the day before at Compression Art & Fire on 7/23/11. www.compression.controlledburnreno.com ; www.unmata.com

Amy Sigil and her troupe, Unmata, are described as “Bellydance Gone Strong”
Teaching and performing at events across the country and around the globe, tribal fusion power house Unmata’s high- energy brand of dance has packed the house and electrified audiences at venues of all sizes. Whether using fire, swords, or the sweat of their own bodies, Unmata always satisfies. Amy is the artistic director of Unmata, Verbatim, Blood Moon Regale and Sacramento’s Hot Pot Studios.
Tough Love Belly Dance Workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata, is part of the 16th annual Artown festival, July 2011. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

The idea of this concept is thrilling. I would so be interested in investigating the training further.

 

“Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin

 

:-) :: Update: NYT-08.13.11- “Twisting Body And Mind

 

Michelle Obama dances to Beyonce for her Let’s Move Campaign.

 

:-) :: The Telegraph

Set to launch nationally on the teevee machine May 3rd, the First Lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with Beyoncé on the 1st anniversary of her Let’s Move Campaign.

Filmed and choreographed at the Alvin Ailey Studios in NYC, this part of the campaign focuses on dance, and these kids are GREAT!

“Perfection takes time.”

The King of Percussion’s new project, ten years in the making, is set to drop this year featuring some of the world’s finest musicians, A. R . Rahman, Billy Cobham, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Manu Katche, Joji Hirota, Nahini Doumbia and many others. Keep your eyes peeled.

:-) :: ARC Music

Leaving in a few weeks to visit lovely Santa Fe, and spend the week-end with two remarkable women: Myra Krien and Amy Sigil!

Dance Anatomy is a fantastic, and well-organized book, which will assist you in discovering more efficient ways of improving your technique; provide insight into your muscle movements, and therefore enhance their performance.

Written by Jacqui Green Haas, director of Dance Medicine Academic Seminars, and is also the Director of the Dance Medicine Division of Wellington Orthopedics in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Highly recommended to all students of dance!!

:-) :: More @ Human Kinetics

This quote crossed my path today while scanning subscription pages, and I thought – Right on!

“Dance is not about your “hot” moves. It’s about the authenticity of emotions while doing those moves. As performers we must all be able to elicit a response from our audience that goes beyond the surfactant cheers of “excitement.” Make them cry or laugh. Make them angry. Make them think. Stop seeking the approval of your audience & start sending a message! Think Smart”

Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director,
The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory

:-) :: via Zagharette & Recidivism Deferred

This past week-end I downloaded from iTunes, and watched Wayne McGregor’s “Entity” – the most glorious full-length dance film that I’ve ever watched.  I lost count of the number of times that a huge grin erupted on my face as I watch with pure joy.
From the TenduTV Press Release:

“TenduTV has launched the ballet world into 2011 with the release of the first-ever concert dance performances on iTunes. The critically acclaimed programs Entity from Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and the Hans Van Manen Festival from Dutch National Ballet are now available for download to own and rent on iTunes in the United States and Canada. Also available is the award-winning documentary 40 Years of One Night Stands: The Story of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet…”

“For the first time, audiences can access great choreography as easily as they can any other form of art or entertainment,” said TenduTV Founder and General Manager, Marc Kirschner. “These releases are an important step forward for the field of concert dance, and we’re proud to be collaborating with two of the most innovative dance companies in the world in Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Dutch National Ballet…”

Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.

:-) :: He’s  a genius!

 

Update: Great Idea!! Nichelle at Dance Advantage has started a book club styled discussion for interested peeps on all things dance – videos included, and is launching the first such discussion on Wayne’s Entity.  The project is called Delight in Dance with Terpsichorus [button link on the sidebar] or here.  On February 24th, a new post will be posted to start the discussion/reactions to the work.

Entity is available for $3.99 rental or $14.99 permanent download on both iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand (U.S. and Canada) . In the UK and elsewhere, the DVD with additional features can be purchased for £9.99 at SadlersWells.com.

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Lake Tahoe Milky Way Night Time Lapse By Justin Majeczky
– Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

:-) :: Justin’s Vimeo