Mass for the present time is a suite of dances composed by Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier, custom Maurice Béjart for his choreography of the same name, at the Avignon Festival in 1967, in the courtyard of the palace popes, the Ballet of the twentieth century. The ballet was dedicated to Patrick Belda, killed in a car accident while rehearsals began.
Psyche Rock is a piece created in 1967 by Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier (this is a director of film music), which is part of the suite of dances Mass for the present time. This is undoubtedly the best-known title of this work. It is also interpreted by Ypersound and consists of bells, drums, zithers, pipa (a traditional Chinese instrument) and electronic music. It is part of the musical movement of musique concrete and more generally in the movement of industrial music with a traditional method of prophetic message, critical and esoteric its own. It is loosely based, the rhythmic level, on the song Louie Louie, written by Richard Berry. This piece has the distinction of being read backwards without significant change in the music. [Google Translate from French Wikipedia]
Japanese ballerina Yume Okano, a YAGP finalist and currently student at the John Cranko ballet school in Stuttgart, jumping on the beach in Okinawa, Japan. It is her mother who took the amazing photograph!
Results for YAGP Alumni competing in the Moscow International Ballet Competition:
Female Junior Category
1st Place: Miko Fogarty
2nd Place: Gisele Bethea
3rd Place: Katherine Higgins
Wei Wang is a member of the corps de ballet of the Berlin State Ballet for three weeks. He comes from China, Beijing, and had his dance training at the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet from 1999 to 2006 and then danced for the National Ballet of China.
Read more on the official Staatsballett Berlin blog [in German] here.
Congratulations to YAGP Alumni, Daniel Camargo (top), on his promotion to principal dancer, and to Alexander McGowan (bottom), on his promotion to corps de ballet, both with Stuttgart Ballet.
On Sunday John Neumeier will present his ballets “Nijinsky” (14:30h) and “Nijinsky-Epilogue” (19:30) on a single day.
A screen showing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ is seen through 3D glasses during the world’s first live 3D broadcast of a ballet performance, at the recently opened Mariinsky II Theatre in St. Petersburg June 6, 2013. [Source]
Based on a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the images are not only inspired by the dramatic story but also the atmosphere of a working dance venue.
Swan Lake is a beautiful concertina book detailing a night at the Ballet. Illustrated by Californian artist Ping Zhu, we see the pristine theatre, audience and performance on one side and the back-stage bustle and nerves on the other. Based on a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the images are not only inspired by the dramatic story but also the atmosphere of a working dance venue. Zhu illustrates the orchestra, the boxes and even the entrance hall and ticket office. Back-stage is a world away from the delicate and precise presentation of front stage – ropes and pulleys, stage hands and prop handlers, seamstresses sewing sequins, ballerinas nervously awaiting their queue, the director signalling and gesturing silently – all in all we are treated to a delightful concertina which anyone with an interest in the performing arts will immediately love. Ping Zhu grew up in Los Angeles and recently graduated from Art Center, Pasadena, USA with a first class degree in illustration. She works as a freelance illustrator and now lives in Chelsea, London. We are very excited to be publishing her first book.
It features the experience of going to the ballet- one side shows the performance while the other shows the backstage. Side story: I obsessively watched the Swan Lake ballet as a child, had a dream of becoming a ballerina, failed at that and became an illustrator instead. In a way, I got the best of both worlds! You can order it from Nobrow site here.
– Ping Zhu
Vladimir Malakhov and members of the company at the press conference. Photos by Luo Xiaoguang.