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First Impressions of Jennifer Lawrence

  • Woody Harrelson:  I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, 'Hi, Woody, I'm J—is that a sex swing?' Her first sentence to me.
  • Josh Hutcherson:  When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute 'Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah' things. The conversation started with her saying, 'Think about a catheter going in – ouch!' and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse.
  • Zoë Kravitz:  I'd met her a few times, and she was like, 'You should come over and we'll hang out.' So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She's like, 'Come in, sorry, you're early, I was about to shower.' And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, 'Are we here yet? Is this OK?' And I was like, 'I guess we're there!'

Wed, March 28th 2012

Mon, January 30th 2012

Thu, May 20th 2010

Pilobolus perform “Symbiosis”

-TED

Mon, May 17th 2010

Mon, May 17th 2010

Do we use technology or does technology use us?

Dance is a wonderful thing. It is a form of storytelling, of analysis- dance fills in the gaps which music leaves. Do we use technology as a means of communication in dance, or does technology use us? We use technology. In order to convey themes and messages, we use a very basic method of communicational technology- movement.  Dancers take simple knowledge and transform it into something three dimensional. We mould and manipulate technology as we see fit, and in turn, we convey information as an art.

Dance and Technology

Background, music, technique, and choreography are the key technological elements which are used to create a ballet. Backgrounds set the scene, whether it is romantic- like that of Romeo and Juliet, magical- like that of The Nutcracker, spooky- like that of Sleeping Beauty or solemn- like L’Entrange Farandole. Music is equally important. What would The Phantom of The Opera or Dracula be like sans music? The mood would be nonexistent.  We use technology in the form of music and lighting to se the mood and create a tone. 

Most important of course is the movement. Choreographers take classical and contemporary stories and recreate them as physical movement. They create movement that corresponds with theme, tone, and setting to retell a story. Dance is simply a three dimensional form of story telling. 

We use technology in dance communication. 

Mon, May 17th 2010

"Classical language and musicality are not simply effete traditions belonging to the bygone upper classes. The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual."

Marsha B. Siegel

Fri, May 14th 2010

Fri, May 14th 2010

The History of Ballet; Communicating Through Movement

1798 Jean Georges Noverre criticized dancers for wearing heavy, bulky costumes and masks while saying that ballet was about emotional expression. Thus ballet d’action was created- telling a story through movement.

1800’s Ballet becomes romantic as interest in mythology has faded. Principle roles are given to women as they convey a light, airy, romantic feel to their dancing. Men are used to lift the ballerinas. 

1832 Prima ballerina Marie Taglioni’s father choreographed La Sylphide. The costumes were adapted and designed to fit the rebellious air of the French revolution. 

1890’s Victorian sensibilities created a push for very elaborate costumes.

1967 George Balanchine choreographed the ballet, Jewels, in which dancers movements corresponded to the music rather than just the story-line.

1980’s Twyla Tharp, dubbed one of the first innovators of ballet, introduced intelligent humor to movement. 

Wed, May 12th 2010

Wed, May 12th 2010