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

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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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...]

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This 9 Month Pregnant Ballerina is Still Dancing

Tuesday 12.24.2013 , Posted by
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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...]

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

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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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...]

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Digital Structures Created By Human Movement

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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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...]

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We Love Friday! – Get Into the Groove and Dance

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by

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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...]

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

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by

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Gravityless: A B-Boy Takes Flight

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by

I have to admit that when I saw the title of the new dance film, Gravityless, I fully expected it to be something with high tech CGI visuals. Instead what I got from the piece by David Olkarny, was something far more subtle and uplifting at the same time. It’s a film which follows b-boy dancer Karimbo around the city and countryside as he throws himself into almost gravity defying moves. As he hits the apex the film slows, revealing the poetry of each instance: Karimbo floats above sky scrapers, wooded glens, and sandy beaches in his dress pants, white shirt and thin black tie. [Read more...]

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Dance-o-Mat: A Coin Operated, Instant Dance Party

Wednesday 12.05.2012 , Posted by

After Christchurch, New Zealand was hit with last years massive earthquake, many of the local dance studios and performance places shut down. The people over at Gap Filler wanted to help the situation and add a bit of happiness back to the stricken city, so they did the obvious thing… and installed a coin operated dance floor for impromptu booty shaking. [Read more...]

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Animated in Cardboard: Stop-Motion Modern Dance

Wednesday 11.21.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes the most inspiring videos are only brief glimpses of brilliance. Rogier Wieland’s stop-motion animation, The Modern Dance, is just such a piece – lasting only 1 short minute, but packing a whole lot of visual inspiration onto those few seconds. Using many layers of cardboard cutouts, his tiny figure gracefully moves across the screen in near realistic fashion – even while clearly being made of roughly cut paper. [Read more...]

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Live Like You Mean It!

Saturday 11.10.2012 , Posted by

In this world, too many of us are not living the life of our dreams because we are too concerned with planning our future. Looking at how retired people, who are still in good health, live their lives is a good example of what truly matters in life: relationships, fun, and travel. Photographer Ana Galan was inspired by the older folks who live in the moment, so she started a project called Viv(r)e la Vie! She decided to photograph ten elderly couples who remain active by dancing, in a profile shot with a country background, in various cities around the world. [Read more...]

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