William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated: Excerpts….

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With Marta Romagna, Roberto Bolle & Zenaida Yanowsky….

Solo by Sylvie Guillem

Main Male Variation: Frankfurt Ballet

Click here to see Sylvie Guillem & Laurent Hiliare performing “in the middle somewhat elevated”….

Choreography:William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems (1987)
Staging:Glen Tuggle
Scenic, Costume, & Original Lighting Design:William Forsythe
Duration: 28 minutes
Premiere: May 30, 1987; Paris Opera Ballet

William Forsythe is an American choreographer who has spent his career primarily in Germany, where he directed Ballet Frankfurt and now the Forsythe Company. His athletic choreography is a union of classical ballet and modern dance—a bold regeneration of the academic dance vocabulary.

Commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev in 1987 for the Paris Opera Ballet, where it was danced by soloists Isabelle Guérin, Sylvie Guillem, Laurent Hilaire, and Manuel Legris. Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated was recognized immediately as a contemporary masterpiece…

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2013 Anaheim International Dance Festival


Gala! Anaheim International Dance Festival August 10th 2013. Very inspiring and moving.
+Anaheim Ballet: Dive-in, choreography by Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg, music by The Holliston Stops
+Carolyn Judson in the Three Preludes (Ben Stevenson, 1969), fluid and light. +Maria Chapman-PNB- , Pas de Deux from Agon (George Balanchine),
+Giselle Pas de Deux (Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli, music by Adolphe Adam): Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro!!!
++Lifetime achievement award: JACQUES D’AMBOISE…..poetry by Burns, Longfellow and Hafiz on dancers and dancing .
+The Leaves are Fading- Stella Abrerra and Sascha Radetsky- beautiful together. 
+Tide Harmonic, a new piece by Christopher Wheeldon also performed by  Maria Chapman and Joshua Grant. Really liked it.
+Le Corsaire-Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro- beautiful.
Special appearance by Joaquin De Luz- variation from Swan Lake and another more contemporary piece (not in the  complimentary program).
+Finale-THIS IS THE MOMENT- choreography by Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg.
+Music by Ligeti, Adam, Dvorak. Great night for AIDF and fans of ballet.
+What an honor to meet one of the great icons of American ballet, Jacque d’Amboise. His foundation The National Dance Institute helping over 2, 000, 000 children experience dance!




Anaheim Ballet Finale, with Maria Kotchetkova. Picture by Ava Brown copyright 2013




Not just how
it hung so still
in the quick of its wings,
all gem and temper
anchored in air;

not just the way
it moved from shelf
to shelf of air,
up down, here there,
without moving;

not just how it flicked
its tongue’s thread
through each butter-yellow
foxglove flower
for its fix of sugar;

not just the vest’s
electric emerald,
the scarf’s scarlet,
not just the fury
of its berry-sized heart,

but also how the bird
would soon be found
in a tree nearby,
quiet as moss at the end
of a bare branch,

wings closed around
its sweetening being,
and then how light
might touch its throat
and make it glow,

as if it were the tip
of a cigarette
on the lip of a world,
whose face,

in the lake’s hush
and the stir of leaves,
might appear
for a moment
composed. ~ Mark Roper


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Aloha-Africa Foundation : For Performing Arts GHANA – Home.


Not ballet, strictly speaking, but still a good organization to support.

Quote of the Day for August 7, 2013

Quote of the Day for August 7, 2013.

The Greatest Quote

BARRE NONE ~ Cem Catbas ~ An Art & Philosophy Weblog ©



Perhaps the greatest quote should be sealed in a love kiss, between the muse of fire

And her creator, the conqueror, with an echo summoning all souls to dance forever


The Greatest Quote

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