“I don’t think I’ve ever felt more aware of capitalism in my life as I do now. In general I feel really sad about the commercialization and commodification of choreographic product. So much pressure to self-promote, self-market, self-brand. Obviously the internet has liberated ‘the small guy’ for having a shot at creating new opportunities, but the constant chase to connect is killing something about the nature of the work itself.”
I wanted to bring professional ballet dancers into this environment to create an art piece with plenty of contrast – elegant lines set against a harsh backdrop. We imagined that this was a place our dancers would discover. It would be their secret practice space…an awe-inspiring world free from distraction and judgment.
-Andrew Klein, Creative Director and Producer ‘Into The Dust’
With a degree finally in hand, seniors feel the mixed emotions of completion, anticipation, trepidation and pride. Some have detailed plans of what comes next. Some see a giant blank horizon ahead. Some have work starting on Monday. Some want to savor the celebration and put off plans for later. As 5 ambitious college dancers finally cross the finish line, we bring you their inner monologues–their fears, joys and reflections.
Body wear-and-tear is one of the less glamorous aspects of a life in performance. Painful injuries can really slow your roll, and for dancers who perform repetitively, multiple times a week, injuries can mean unplanned time off from contracts. Luckily, you are your own best asset when it comes to the treatment and prevention of injuries, and we are here to help.
In thinking about longevity of work and sustainability of the people in this form, personally I am excited about how works can manifest in different genres. Creating an album that lives beyond the live performance or a film relic that can circuit the internet. Creating blogs that capture process or even making the internet a place for live performance to live. I think we are on the verge of embracing these necessary changes.
Nothing is made to be beautiful. My work is the result of ideas and thoughts that need to be expressed. Love, sex, confusion, discovering, relearning, finding, looking, falling, my own experiences, my sensitivity. I do not care if it is correct or not. If it comes to me by coincidence, I like it even better. I try to use elements that are available to everybody.
6:44 a.m. on a Monday my mind is up and racing. I roll over into the warm body next to me listening to my head say “time to get up” as my face presses further into my boyfriend’s chest. I wish every day started with a beautiful elegant dancerly stretch but usually it’s me stepping on dirty laundry kicking in the leg on my Ikea desk that I never power drilled properly as I make my way to the bathroom. Today is not a dance day, unfortunately. Today I work at the restaurant for six and half hours.
DancePulp premieres Adelyn Hopper’s “Interior,” dance-based music video by Emily Terndrup and Derrick Belcham.
What does it mean to be a modern-day muse? If anyone knows, it’s Diana Vishneva, who stars in two of her own commissions in On the Edge, now running at the London Coliseum.
Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry in San Francisco. Performed in national and international competitions and festivals, Alex’s work is acclaimed and anticipated. Some awards include; the National Choo-San Goh Award, the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the BNC National Choreographic Competition, three…