An image from the days of black and white film and wet darkrooms. I took this picture 15 or 20 years ago in the Friends University dance studio.
And now for a bit of culture. You’ve heard of The Red Shoes? Here’s the red pocketbook. There’s a cow, too.
I found a complete performance of Balanchine‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you remember the play, you can follow the story pretty well, though Balanchine made many changes in adapting it. Even if you haven’t read Shakespeare, you can enjoy the spectacle, and there’s always the music.
Early this morning, after I had given up on getting any more sleep, I discovered that there are a number of full-length ballets on YouTube. Coppélia is a favorite of mine. The melodious score is worth listening to even if you are not interested in dance, and the story almost makes sense. There’s even a mad scientist (or magician). The video above is a Bolshoi Ballet performance.
And now for something completely different: Japanese Vikings, singing songs of [censored].
Update: And the video is gone. This is what you missed.
I shot over 1500 frames this week during the rehearsals of the Friends University fall ballet concert, and it’s going to take me a while to go through them all. Until then, here’s a selection from Prodigal Son, choreography by Stan Rogers after Balanchine.
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More pictures from the Rogers Ballet dance concert last May can be viewed here.
I uploaded some more pictures from the March 5 rehearsal. The gallery is below the fold.
The spring dance concert this past weekend at Friends University featured mostly modern ballets, such as an excerpt from Matthew Bourne’s version of Swan Lake, above. The other works were also quite interesting. If they had been any more interesting, I’d have to label this post “NSFW.”