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Portrait of a polite man

Portrait of a polite man

Had to share: this is the extraordinary photograph taken by John Wright for the August cover of Q magazine (see previous post). Wright was given a minute and a half to do it. In the issue Wright recalls: ‘He was very polite – he shook everybody’s hand. He’s very quietly spoken, but he had a […]

RIP Merce Cunningham

RIP Merce Cunningham

Folk interested in dance will have heard that Merce Cunningham died this Monday past. He was a bit over 90. Here are three videos; the last is particularly interesting. The piece he made for the Melbourne International Festival when he came out to Australia in 2007. – +++ Fascinating looking footage of Merce dancing to […]

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

Another piece by PB (7:25 min). Exciting, as always, and maybe slightly diabolical. She’s good at tableau, and good at laying down a hook. A set of cafe chairs, (PB in Cafe Müller, left), a field of pink flowers. In this segment we can see the use she’s made of a phalanx of bodies against […]

Pina Bausch 1940-2009

Pina Bausch 1940-2009

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzlEvtjaOw[/youtube] The electrifying opening sequence of Pedro Almodovar’s film, Talk to Her, was an excerpt from “Cafe Muller’, a Pina Bausch dance piece – Bausch is the bare-shouldered dancer in this clip. The effect of the work is hard to explain, but easy to register its shock and exhilaration. Almodovar’s film exposed a whole new […]