The New York City Ballet in six PlayStation commercials

You beat your friends. Make sure they never forget with a victory dance from the world’s greatest dancers, the New York City Ballet. Instagram your own victory dance for a chance to win a PS4 system for you and a friend. Tag it #PS4DanceContest. Learn more at GreatnessAwaits.com/PS4DanceContest.


















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Showcase: Ai Okuno

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In a new series on BALLET20.COM we will showcase young ballet dancers with their private photos and videos. The first one is the beautiful and talented Ai Okuno from Osaka in Japan! She studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.









Ai Okuno started her ballet training when she was 6 at Hashimoto Sachiyo Ballet School in Osaka Japan. She enjoyed Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Summer Intensive program 2012, and also attended PBT graduate program 2013-2014. She got bronze medal with All Japan Ballet Competition in Nagoya 2013, and got gold medals with Zama All Japan Dance Competition both of classical ballet division and contemporary dance division 2014.

The Nights at Deutsche Oper

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“One Thousand and One Nights”, the collection of stories from the Orient, forms the focus of this ballet, newly choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj for the Staatsballett Berlin and staged as a coproduction with his own company, the Ballet Preljocaj. With this work, which fills an entire evening, he investigates those motifs hidden within the Arabian, originally Persian, and Indian traditions of folk fairytales and stories, and tells his narrative from the perspective of the female protagonists: “I venture forth like a painter expressing his vision of a fantastical Orient. My vision is given shape as a type of calligraphy consisting of affects and atmospheres,” says Preljocaj when talking of his creation.

The evening is largely based on the music of Natacha Atlas; her work is a cross-over between the oriental and the western world, and has brought her international acclaim. The costumes have been created by the celebrated fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa. Born in Tunisia, he now runs his studio in Paris, creating works which set international trends. Constance Guisset, the exceedingly successful French designer, is a long-time colleague of Angelin Preljocaj. She is responsible for the stage design featured in THE NIGHTS.

Regarded as one of the leading choreographers of the French avant-garde, Angelin Preljocaj has previously presented a number of his works in Berlin, including his 2009 production of SNOW WHITE, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by audiences.

Premiere:
DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Saturday, 01.02.2014
19.00 h
Tickets: 29 – 90 €

Further Events:
01 | 07 | 21 | 25 February 2014
01 | 06 | 12 March 2014
03 April 2014

Dancers: Iana Balova, Maria Boumpouli, Anissa Bruley, Weronika Frodyma, Cécile Kaltenbach, Marina Kanno, Mari Kawanishi, Ilenia Montagnoli, Danielle Muir, Jordan Muir, Krasina Pavlova, Haney Schwan, Arshak Ghalumyan, Leonard Jakovina, Vladislav Marinov, Alexander Shpak, Federico Spallitta, Wei Wang.

Choreographie und Inszenierung: Angelin Preljocaj
Bühne: Constance Guisset
Kostüme: Azzedine Alaïa
Einstudierung: De Smet Claudia
Es tanzen: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Musik: vom Tonträger

1:30 h | no interval
Staatsballett Berlin | Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence)

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Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)

In the spring of 1981, during a residency at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage sat down to discuss their work and artistic process. As frequent collaborators, Cage and Cunningham pioneered a new framework of performance. Their novel approach allowed for mediums to exist independently, or rather cohabitate, within a performance, thus abandoning the co-dependent model of dance and music. Cage and Cunningham go on to discuss the methodology and motivations behind chance operations, a term used to describe artistic decisions based on unpredictability. Wanting to free himself of his likes and dislikes, Cage describes how Zen Buddhism influenced his work, leading him to use tools of chance. These new methods, adopted by both Cunningham and Cage, overturned a whole foundation of thought around music, movement, and the process of creating art.




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