Data + Design Project

Cirque de Soleil’s Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Sunday 11.30.2014 , Posted by

As if walking a tightrope weren’t difficult enough, Swiss Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs does it in high heels! She began practicing circus arts, gymnastics, and ballet when she was just 5 years old and toured as a trapeze artist with her parents when she was 6. She moved from Switzerland to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in NYC when she was 16. Traveling with Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna, Jacobs performs an act that her father created and performed himself around the world for 15 years. One breath at a time, she balances a feather on 13 palm leaves, which weigh over 40lbs. She keeps the entire mobile structure steady while picking up new pieces to add to it in the most breathtaking performance. [Read more…]


Waltz on the Walls: Oakland’s City Hall Transforms into a Magical Aerial Stage

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by

Taking to the walls of Oakland’s City Hall in California, dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber suspended from windows above to put on a fantastic aerial waltz. The two Bandaloop dancers performed the graceful act during the Art + Soul Festival and filmed the first person experience using GoPro cameras mounted to their body. Simply magical. [Read more…]


Colorful Expressions of Motion and Emotion: Ballet Dancers Amidst Explosions of Color

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
1 Jana Cruder

So much emotion can be conveyed through the movement of the body. Ballet dancers have the ability to make us laugh and cry without saying a single word. While watching the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers in motion, photographer Jana Cruder was inspired to add color to the mix. The dancers added colored cornstarch to their graceful poses and with Cruder behind the lens magic was created. Although Cruder and the dancers might tell a different story of how challenging and messy it was to get these shots, the images turned out vibrant and elegant, looking almost like computer generated special effects. We have a small sample of the images here, but you can see the rest of this gorgeous photo set here. [Read more…]


Clothes Go Flying In This Gorgeous Ballet Film

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by

Forget tutus and pointe shoes: fashion makes big leaps and bounds in filmmaker team Tell No One‘s elegant short, “Mine.” Directed by Luke White and Remi Weeks, and choreographed by Paolo Mangiola, the renegade ballet features a quintet from London’s Wells Theatre caught in a chic, cat-and-mouse game of capture the tag. [Read more…]


Danced into Reality: Heather Hansen Creates Art Using Her Body and Charcoal

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
Heather Hansen Value Of A Line Body Art 12

Part dance, part performance art, Heather Hansen creates stunning art using her body, charcoal and a paper surface on the floor. Her work showcases the fluid motions of the body and the symmetrical forms that it creates as she twists and bends over the sheet. The results are wonderfully curving arcs which, like the emotive motions of dance, have just the right balance of passionate imperfection. [Read more…]


This 9 Month Pregnant Ballerina is Still Dancing

Tuesday 12.24.2013 , Posted by
Mary Helen Bowers 9

Standing in pointe shoes is impressive in itself. Doing it on one leg while 9 months pregnant is unbelievable… until you see these photos. Mary Helen Bowers, who trained Natalie Portman for her ballerina debut in Black Swan, is due to deliver a baby any day now, and has beautifully documented her pregnancy and dance skills on Instagram. The professional dancer began studying at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan as a full scholarship student at age 15. By 16 she was invited to join New York City Ballet, where she was a ballerina for 10 years. [Read more…]


Pointe Ballet Dancer Dances on Knife Blade Tips on Top of a Baby Grand Piano

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

1 Javier Pérez: En Puntas 2013

Simply reaching the ability to wear pointe shoes is a huge accomplishment in a dancer’s life, but French ballerina Amelie Segarra takes pointe to the next level in this video performance for an installation art piece by Javier Perez. Wearing pointe shoes with stainless steel knives attaches, Segarra appears to be in excruciating pain as she struggles to do her best to dance atop a baby grand piano. Twirling and screaming, she accomplishes this amazing feat and Barcelona-based artist Javier Perez captures the pure visceral emotion of the achievement. The video was projected in HD blu-ray on a 9′ wall for his latest video installation. [Read more…]


Digital Structures Created By Human Movement

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

1 Human Movement Converted Into Digital Sculptures

When the fluid movements of dance are transformed into digital sculptures, the results are mesmerizing. JL Design TV with the help of KORB has made a documentary for CCTV Documentary Channel that follows the organic beauty and emotion of dance and turns it into solid materials like steel, wood, and glass. Seeing the trails of each gesture frozen in time is incredible. [Read more…]


We Love Friday! – Get Into the Groove and Dance

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by


Although it’s rare for me to dance in public (unless I’ve had a few drinks), I love to dance when I’m alone, while singing at the top of my lungs! I’ve always been in awe when I get the opportunity to watch people who can really dance- not even necessarily skilled dancers with years of practice, but the ones who are truly free- letting go of everything and allowing the music take them away. The most amazing thing about dancing is that we are all born to do it- ask any baby to dance and you will see- but many of us tell ourselves we can’t so much that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In an amazing, energetic Black Rock City TedX talk called Tending the Sacred Fire, Shiva Rea talks about the history of dance, and how to get back to our natural dancing roots. To celebrate one of the most amazing parts of being human, we searched Instagram for this collection of pictures and videos that will make you want to get out on the dance floor! [Read more…]


Visual Bits #423 > It’s A Viral Video Party!

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by

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