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Everything is slightly off-kilter about this group.

The costumes by Rakefet Levy are at once urban and hippie, reflecting the time company co-founder Noa Wertheim and her dancers (which include her three sisters) have spent at the eco-art village they created, and the reasons they created it. The clothes resemble futuristic monks’ robes, only in jersey. With time and movement, layers and skin slowly reveal themselves.

The haunting music by Ran Bagno evokes folk, creepy nursery (think Trent Reznor), and manic Gogol Bordello-esque vaudeville. I could say more but you should just look this guy up.

Mana by Vertigo Dance CompanyThe set, also by Levy, is a deceptively simple façade in the shape of a house, with a cutout square that sits flat with the wall, or else retreats and moves forward to create exits and entrances. The wall sits for the most part parallel to the edge of the stage, so at one point when the whole façade suddenly shifts at an angle diagonal to the stage, the power of this elegantly simple movement is such that I just as suddenly lost my breath.

The choreography without question is some of the most powerful and unique I’ve seen. The movements are familiar but a bit off; there are a few humorous moments (as there usually are) when unfamiliar movement is tested. I love moments like that, when the human body is challenged in ways not quite beautiful but nonetheless intriguing. I say that because I think some of the choreography in this piece is meant to be slightly awkward and “ugly.” There are, however, probably also just as many elegant moments. The sheer athleticism and speed of the dancers make this such a treat to watch.

After the performance Wertheim talked about what informs the piece—mainly the juxtapositions and mirroring of vessel/light, moon/sun, interior/exterior, body/soul, line/circle, masculine/feminine, kibbutz/modern life…but what I took away most from the performance is its powerful and clever simplicity; nothing is overwrought or overworked. And it’s none of that dance/theatre crap (or whatever you want to call it) I can’t stand. In my opinion it is pure dance for dance’s sake, with motifs drawn from conflict/lack of resolution in the land where the dancers are from.

Check out this nice feature written about this piece.

nevver:

Note to Self

nevver:

Note to Self

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film on Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders...a collaboration that makes perfect sense :-)

When is this film going to have a US release?? I need to see it in 3D!

PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.

PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders.

He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal – the place, which for 35 years was the home…

bizarre.
guardian:

The artist who spied on MI6
It was a top-secret mission he couldn’t refuse. Painter James Hart Dyke  was assigned to shadow spooks for a year, sketchbook in hand. What did  he learn about their mysterious world?
• See more paintings done by the artist during his time as artist in residence with the Secret Intelligence Service on guardian.co.uk

bizarre.

guardian:

The artist who spied on MI6

It was a top-secret mission he couldn’t refuse. Painter James Hart Dyke was assigned to shadow spooks for a year, sketchbook in hand. What did he learn about their mysterious world?

See more paintings done by the artist during his time as artist in residence with the Secret Intelligence Service on guardian.co.uk

Source: guardian

exhibit highlighting homelessness being installed at the plaza by the NBC building

exhibit highlighting homelessness being installed at the plaza by the NBC building

want.

want.

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(via myfilthyways)

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cows have been picketing for pay raises

cows have been picketing for pay raises

cheese-bar:

 
Need Butter Knife?

It’s always fun to see new ideas and new designs for some of the simple objects we see everyday.  One fun idea I found was from Yeongkeun, from South Korea.  His idea was to repackage small packets of butter with a disposable butter knife for its lid.

cheese-bar:

Need Butter Knife?

It’s always fun to see new ideas and new designs for some of the simple objects we see everyday.  One fun idea I found was from Yeongkeun, from South Korea.  His idea was to repackage small packets of butter with a disposable butter knife for its lid.

Source: cheese-bar

We get these at the theatre where I work from time to time. My co-worker Shana is convinced there’s a scam involved, but I have no idea what. This is one of the most hideous/scary-looking babies I’ve ever seen. This one was sent from Washington state.

We get these at the theatre where I work from time to time. My co-worker Shana is convinced there’s a scam involved, but I have no idea what. This is one of the most hideous/scary-looking babies I’ve ever seen. This one was sent from Washington state.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime."

- Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad

Claire Caraska’s bag, spotted at the Hillcrest farmer’s market

Claire Caraska’s bag, spotted at the Hillcrest farmer’s market

  • Question: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT? - tumblrbot
  • Answer:

    travel coffee mug