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El Colegio del Cuerpo

In a country where bodies have been mutilated, disappeared and assassinated, celebrating the value of the human body through dance is important.

The Colegio del Cuerpo, or the body school, is a dance school in Cartagena, a Colombian city where 70 per cent of the population live below the poverty line.

The school brings youngsters from across the city’s social spectrum together through contemporary dance.

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Portraits of the Artist as a Young Man

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In the 1940s, painter John Heliker produced several portraits and sketches of Merce Cunningham, the celebrated dancer and choreographer. These images are exquisite and have never before been released. Click here to view a slideshow of the exclusive artwork, all courtesy of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. And click here to read a wonderful essay by Jed Perl that helps to put the work in context.


Pina Bausch est morte

La chorégraphe et danseuse allemande Pina Bausch est morte mardi 30 juin à l’âge de 68 ans, a annoncé le Tanztheater de Wuppertal, en Allemagne, dont elle dirigeait la compagnie depuis 1973. Sa mort, à l’hôpital, fut “inattendue et rapide, cinq jours après qu’on lui eut diagnostiqué un cancer”, a indiqué la porte-parole, précisant qu'”elle était encore dimanche dernier sur scène avec sa compagnie, à l’Opéra de Wuppertal”.

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* Pina Bausch, exercices d’admiration


* Almodovar hails German choreographer Pina Bausch

“With a perennial cigarette in her hand, and her indescribable smile, Pina Bausch established a turning point in contemporary dance for the last quarter of the last century,” he said in a statement.

Bausch, the grande dame of modern dance choreography, died on Tuesday aged 68, the theatre in the western city of Wuppertal where she was director for over 35 years said.

Her work featured Almodovar’s 2002 arthouse hit “Habla con ella” (“Talk To Her”).

“Pina let me show her magic at the end of ‘Talk to Her’,” Almodovar said.

“Our friendship was intense and forever. Pina was very feminine and very sensual.”

He said the two agreed on many issues, “both artistic and personal (the eclectic use of music and of women as an icon).”

She “was a constant source of pleasure. She sparked very diverse emotions in me and always inspired me,” he said.

Related posts: Pina Bausch, “The Man I Love” (Gershwin) from “Nelken” (1983)

Alegrias del Barrio Santa María (Cadiz)

A clip of music (alegrias) with images of Cádiz from the film Rito y Geografía del Cante.

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Flamenco as we know it today surfaced in the 19th century. You can hear the original strands of its multi-cultural blending in, for instance, the rhythms of the tabla that show up in the palos (styles) of bulería, siguiryia and soleá.

Flamenco is counted in 12-count phrases, which is very different from the predominant 4/4 time signature used in most Western musical compositions (or the waltz, set in ¾ time). Varying accent patterns within the 12-count phrase determine the particular form. The bulería compás (meter or time signature) is counted with stresses marked below as / or in bolded numbers. Try tapping your desk with emphasis on counts 3, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

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The variations are endless when accompanied by palmas (clapping), if every count is given equal emphasis or if the unaccented counts are syncopated by pitos (finger snapping) or the dancer’s zapateados (footwork.) Trying to keep tabs of the counts is like counting Stravinsky when every measure might change its time signature.

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More in Stamp Your Feet. Hard. by Randolyn Zinn

Neckties, Post Six

Pina Bausch, “The Man I Love” (Gershwin) from “Nelken” (1983)

Previous posts:

“A well tied tie is the first serious step in life.” –Oscar Wilde
Alfred Hitchock, “Frenzy” (The official trailer)
Apollinaire, “La Cravate et la Montre”
“Les Cravates” sur une chanson de Thomas Fersen.
“La corbata. The tie. La cravate. Die Krawatte. Cravatta.つながり”, Animation by J. G. Arrillaga

*The language is ASM (American Sign Language) which is very different from BSL (British Sign Language). It’s quite obvious once you think about it but I found out relatively recently =) –more here.

(Hat tip: A.M. –Also many thanks to Matthias W. for explaining to me all about the evolution of sign languages over pints of ale at L.J.R. )