Sunday, 20 December 2009

Children see - children do!

The influence of our role models on behaviour is something of particular interest to psychologists and we study it through the entire psychology course. More specifically we look at the research conducted by Bandura and his work into Social Learning Theory (SLT) in the imitation of aggression. In a television advertisement called “Children See. Children do” which was actually aired in Australia a few year ago a powerful message is passed across to the viewer.The message in the video is clear: children imitate behaviour that they see around them: talking on a phone, body language … smoking, violence, so make sure that you’re setting a good example. There’s plenty of psychology behind this and it can be related to many areas that we cover: AS, crime and health behaviours, and we’ll look at how this links in to it all now.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

William Hoffman’s “Moments”

Nice short-film, the editing is flawless and the way it flows is amazing. Titled “Moments” by William Hoffman (a NY filmmaker) it is “a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman’s book: Sum.” Each moment is moving and clear. Take a look for yourself….

Thursday, 10 December 2009

After you've gone...

I think many people have had before this bitter after taste - separation. Person, who was your life and even more, vanishes one day and you feel is emptiness - you are one on one with your memories and everything by yourside reminds you about HIM/HER. Well, this music abd video is about this.

Monday, 23 November 2009

The Secret - Planet Earth

This video features our beautiful Planet Earth. As you experience this video you will emit positive forces of energy across Planet Earth that will reach every single living thing on it. You will lift yourself, and as you lift yourself, you lift the entire world. The magnificent music was composed and graciously gifted for this clip by composer Jo Blankenburg. Planet Earth - our home.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Jennyfer Bourassin - Charade

An anin shortfilm full of poetry made by a young and gifted french artist, Jennyfer Bourassin.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Земфира - Мы разбиваемся

I like this song, it is tender one, though quite simple but it contains this invisible elegance that attracts. Zemfira (russian singer) is awesome and her lyrics&music as well.
The man says at the beginning of video says:
"We got an order to quit with one of our agents this summer. She escaped about 5 years ago. Several agents died after because of her activities... Finally her destination was getting known. I have been loving that woman...
Her last dream before the death was me to realize the mentioned order... Why did she ask it about?...

The man says in the final: "After many years I got she was right. I couldn't forget her... That's all..."

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Abortion Truth

Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, but the average person knows little of its gruesome reality. This video shows the abortion reality - nude truth like it is! This is horrible, but we should know it to prevent the biggest sins!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

One hundredth of a second

Kate is an ambitious photojournalist. Caught in a shoot-out in an Eastern European war zone, Kate spots a young girl running through the chaos. Intrigued, she follows the Girl, photographing as she goes. The Girl accidentally encounters a Gunman who interrogates her, pressing his AK-47 to her head. Kate photographs the terrified Girl and is horrified when the Girl makes eye contact with her, pleading to Kate for help. But Kate is too engrossed in her photography. She takes picture after picture as the girl is shot in front of her. Kate's work is nominated for the New Photographer of the Year Award. At the ceremony, when her photograph wins the top prize, Kate finds herself haunted by the memories of the Girl. Seeing the image projected onto a screen, Kate runs out without collecting her award, leaving the audience staring at the brutal photograph of the dead Girl. Written by Alex Boden.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Contemporary Dance - SYTYCD (Ukrainian version)

An amazing psychedelic dance - synthesis of passion, pleasure, pain, love, parting. Bittersweet and realistic bias through chariographic language.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Tom Waits - Watch Her Disappear

Last night I dreamed that I was dreaming of you
And from a window across the lawn I watched you undress
Wearing your sunset of purple tightly woven around your hair
That rose in strangled ebony curls
Moving in a yellow bedroom light
The air is wet with sound
The faraway yelping of a wounded dog
And the ground is drinking a slow faucet leak
Your house is so soft and fading as it soaks the black summer heat
A light goes on and the door opens
And a yellow cat runs out on the stream of hall light and into the yard

A wooden cherry scent is faintly breathing the air
I hear your champagne laugh
You wear two lavender orchids
One in your hair and one on your hip
A string of yellow carnival lights comes on with the dusk
Circling the lake with a slowly dipping halo
And I hear a banjo tango

And you dance into the shadow of a black poplar tree
And I watched you as you disappeared
I watched you as you disappeared
I watched you as you disappeared
I watched you as you disappeared

Friday, 6 November 2009

My name is Lisa

Best short film in 2007 by Youtube version. This is an interesting short film. Unlike many stories, there is no back story or context. The film simply begins with a 13-years-old girl talking into the camera as if she's making a video diary. Mom wanders into the scene and begins making comments that seem odd. As the scenes change, it becomes more and more apparent that the mother is losing her memory. With each cut, the change is more drastic. At first it looks like simple forgetfulness but by the end of the film, it's obvious that the lady has Alzheimer's and she's moving into the more dangerous stage as she no longer even recognizes her daughter.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Девушка пела в церковном хоре...Александр Блок, A girl sang in the church choir... by Alexander Blok

Девушка пела в церковном хоре
О всех усталых в чужом краю,
О всех кораблях, ушедших в море,
О всех, забывших радость свою.

Так пел ее голос, летящий в купол,
И луч сиял на белом плече,
И каждый из мрака смотрел и слушал,
Как белое платье пело в луче.

И всем казалось, что радость будет,
Что в тихой заводи все корабли,
Что на чужбине усталые люди
Светлую жизнь себе обрели.

И голос был сладок, и луч был тонок,
И только высоко, у Царских Врат,
Причастный Тайнам,- плакал ребенок
О том, что никто не придет назад.

Август 1905

A girl sang in the church choir
Of all who are weary in foreign lands,
Of all the ships gone out to sea,
Of all who have forgotten their joy.

Thus her voice sang, flying up to the dome,
And a ray of sun shone on her white shoulder,
And from the darkness all watched and listened
As the white dress sang in the ray.

And it seemed to all that joy would come,
That all ships had reached shelter in peaceful harbors,
That all weary people in foreign lands
Had found themselves a serene life.

And the voice was sweet, and the ray was thin,
And only above, at the altar gates,
In touch with Mystery, - a child wept
Because no one will ever return...
August 1905

Saturday, 24 October 2009 In every corner of the Globe!!!!, Bill McKibben, climatePrintShare seeks to compel the world to take action against climate change while there’s still time. The nonprofit organization was founded by author Bill McKibben. The name 350 (parts per million) refers to the scientifically safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere. This video, “In Every Corner of the Globe,” promotes 350’s International Day of Climate Action, which is coming on October 24. The video and the day are two of the many vehicles the organization is using to get its climate message out.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Henri Barbusse Tenderness

On September 25, 1893

My dear little Louis! Thus, everything is ended. We will never see us again. Remember that so firmly, as I do. You did not want separation, you would agree to everything, only to let us remain together. But we must part, so that you could begin the new life. It was not easy to resist to you, and to myself, and to us both together… But I do not feel sorry that I did that, although you so cried, buried in the pillows in our bed. Two times you raised your head and looked at me with your sorrowful, praying eyes… What a blazing and unhappy face you had! In the evening, in the darkness, when I no longer could see your tears, I felt them, they burnt my hands.

Now we both severely suffer. To me, it all seems to be a nightmare. The first days will be simply unbelievable; and several months will still be painful for us, and then, healing will come.

And only then I will write to you again, indeed, we’ve decided that I will write to you from time to time. But we have also firmly decided that you will never learn my new address and my letters will be the only connection, and it will not allow our separation to become the final break.

Kissing you for the last time, so tenderly, by entirely sinless, quiet kiss – indeed, such a great distance divides us now!

On September 25, 1894

My dear little Louis! I speak to you again, as promised. It is already a year, as we parted. I know, you did not forget me, we are still connected with each other, and every time that I think about you, I feel your pain.

And nevertheless the past twelve months have made their matter: they threw a mourning haze on the past. Look, already a haze is appeared. Some small things hide, other details completely disappear. Although, they float up in the memory now and then; if something incidentialy reminds about them.

I’ve tried to imagine the expression of your face, when I saw you for the first time, and I couldn’t.

You too, try to recall my eyes when you saw me for the first time, and you will understand that everything in the world goes away.

Recently I’ve smiled. To whom? To what? To nobody and nothing. In an alley, a sunny ray began to play, and I’ve involuntarily smiled.

I attempted to smile also earlier. It seemed to be impossible to learn how to do that again. And nevertheless, I’m telling you, I’ve smiled, perhaps against the will. I want that you too smile more often, just like that, simply liking good weather or to the view of the future in front of you. Yes, yes, raise your head and smile.

On December 17, 1899

And here I am again with you, my dear Louis. I’m like a dream, isn’t it? I appear when I want to, but always into the necessary minute, when all around is empty and dark. I come and go, I’m very near, but I cannot be touched.

I do not feel myself unhappy. The cheerfulness has returned to me, because each day begins with a morning and, as always, there are seasons of year. Sun shines so sweetly, so I want to trust it, and even usual daylight it is full of kindness.

Imagine, I’ve recently danced! I frequently laugh. First I counted every my laughter, but now I don’t even know, how often I laugh.

Yesterday, there was a fest. The crowd of the well dressed people crowded everywhere on the sunset. It was beautiful, and looked like a flower garden. And among such a number of contented people I felt myself happy.

I write to you in order to tell about all this; and also about the fact that from now on I turn myself into the new faith – I confess the selfless love to you. We’ve discussed about selflessness in love, not really understanding it… However, let us pray together to believe in it by entire heart.

On July 6, 1904

Years are passed! Eleven years! I’ve moved far away, then returned again and I am going to leave anew.

You have, of course, your own house, my dear Louis, indeed, you are an adult now, and, of course, you have now your own family, for which you mean so much.

But you yourself, how do you look like now? I imagine that your face is wider now, arms became stronger, but there is not many grey hair in your head. And of course, as before, your face all lights up, before a smile is ready to touch your lips.

Myself? I will not describe to you, how I’ve changed, becoming to an old woman. Yes, old woman! Women grow old earlier than men, and, if I were staying next to you, I would appear like your mother – both by appearance and according to that expression of eyes, with which I would look at you.

You see, we were right, parting at the right time. Now, after we’ve suffered, we’ve quieted, and my letter, which you, of course, recognized by my handwriting on the envelope, was for you almost an entertainment.

On September 25, 1893

My dear Louis!

Twenty years, as we parted… And twenty years as I am not alive, my dear. If you are alive and will read this letter, sent to you by accurate and respectful hands of my friends – those that for many years have been sending to you my previous letters – you will forgive me – if you don’t already forgot me – you will forgive that I’ve killed myself at very next day after our separation. I couldn’t, I didn’t know how to live without you.

We’ve parted yesterday. Look at the date at the beginning of the letter! Of course, you did not turn attention to it. Indeed, it was yesterday, when we were the last time together in our room and you, buried in pillows, sobbed as a child, helpless against your terrible sorrow. It was yesterday, when the night glanced into a half-open window, and your tears, which I already could not see, rolled along my hands. It was yesterday, when you shouted from pain and complained, and I, gathered all my forces, kept silent.

But today, sitting at our table, surrounded by our things, in our charming corner, I’m writting those four letters, which you must have obtained with big intervals. I will finish the last letter, and then the end will come.

This evening I will give the most precise orders, so that my letters will be delivered to you on those dates, which indicated on them, and also will take measures preventing finding me.

And then I will die. It is unnecessarily to tell you how: details of this disgusting action are inappropriate. They could cause pain to you, even after so many years.

Is important that I could detach you from me and do that carefully and sweetly, without wounding you. I want to care about you further, and for that I must live after my death. There will be no break, you couldn’t handle it, because disappointments cause such a huge pain to you. I will return to you – not too often, so that my image will go away from your memory, and not too rare in order to avoid unnecessary suffering. And when you know the truth, so many years will pass, that you will be barely able to understand, what would my death mean for you.

Louis, my dear, today’s our last conversation seems to be an ominous miracle.

Today, we speak very quietly, almost inaudibly – so far we are from each other, indeed I exist only in you, and you’ve already forgot me. Today, the meaning of word now for me, who is writing and whispering it, is entirely different than its meaning for whom, who is reading and quietly pronouncing it “now”.

Now, after overcoming this huge time distance, after overcoming the eternity – even if it seems to be absurd – now I’m kissing you as before.

That’s it…

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Smoke&Mirrors 48 hour film festival - Synching!

Smoke&Mirrors 48 hour film festival (London, UK). The entrants have, as the title suggests, 48 hours to conceive, write, shoot and edit a short, based on a theme supplied by Smoke and Mirrors. Here it is one of shorts which I like directed and edited by Misha Koroteev (Kiev - my city hehehe)!

Synching from lime off on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Love Me Like The River Does - Love me! That is all!

Melody Gardot - Love Me Like A River Does

Love me like a river does
Cross the sea
Love me like a river does
Love me like a river does
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all
Love me like a roaring sea
Swirls about
Love me like a roaring sea
Wash me out
Love me like a roaring sea
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all
Love me like the earth itself
Spins around
Love me like the earth itself
Sky above below the ground
Love me like the earth itself
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Burst by Katrin Hall and Reynir Lyngdal

A couple fights in their bedroom over a burst water pipe. Techniques involving water tank explosions and trampolines.

Born 1964, Katrin Hall studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland. She has been the Artistic Director of the Iceland Dance Company since 1996.

Born in 1976, Reynir Lyngdal has directed several short films, commercials and music videos. He co-directed and produced the award winning dance film SLURP-INN (1997). He is currently working for Pegasus Pictures.

Kate Nash - The Nicest Thing

Just love this song, it's simple, scincere and doesn't contain any extras - awesome!

All I know is that you're so nice
You're the nicest thing I've seen
I wish that we could give it a go
See if we could be something

I wish I was your favourite girl
I wish you thought I was the reason you are in the world
I wish my smile was your favourite kind of smile
I wish the way that I dressed was your favourite kind of style

I wish you couldn't figure me out
But you always wanna know what I was about
I wish you'd hold my hand
When I was upset
I wish you'd never forget
The look on my face when we first met

I wish you had a favourite beauty spot
That you loved secretly
'Cause it was on a hidden bit
That nobody else could see
Basically, I wish that you loved me
I wish that you needed me
I wish that you knew when I said two sugars,
Actually I meant three

I wish that without me your heart would break
I wish that without me you'd be spending the rest of your nights awake
I wish that without me you couldn't eat
I wish I was the last thing on your mind before you went to sleep

Look, all I know is that you're the nicest thing I've ever seen
And I wish that we could see if we could be something
Yeah I wish that we could see if we could be something

The Fibonacci Sequence

In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the following sequence of numbers:
By definition, the first two Fibonacci numbers are 0 and 1, and each remaining number is the sum of the previous two. Some sources omit the initial 0, instead beginning the sequence with two 1s.

The Fibonacci sequence was well known in ancient India, where it was applied to the metrical sciences (prosody), long before it was known in Europe. Developments have been attributed to Pingala (200 BC), Virahanka (6th century AD), Gopāla (c.1135 AD), and Hemachandra (c.1150 AD).

Friday, 19 June 2009

Why do we need men?

The fact of the matter is that they have warm palms and we – cold fingers;
They are strong and they can pick up us ;
Once they will realize that there is nobody better than us;
They have principles;
Sometimes they wash the dishes;
They are taller than us, so they can reach the book from the highest shelf;
They give us their best T-shirts :)
They know how to install Windows and other software that we can barely pronounce;
They forgive us our “feminism”, but admit, we don’t forgive them their “football”;
They kiss us in the front when they can’t stay;
They are absolutely sure that there are some things that we will never understand, and only therefore we understand everything;
They with manic persistence want to pay for our coffee;
They go to the supermarket when it’s raining;
They want to have our photos;
They remember about us another things that we remember about ourselves;
They don’t see the reasons for our diet;
They keep the silence when we say some stupid things;
Though when we say something intelligent, they keep the silence as well;
They went to the war if it would be;
They don’t notice spoiled make-up;
They pretend that they are not annoyed with the St. Valentines Day;
They want to make our life better;
They will never learn how to unhook the bra;
They think not only about love;
In the bottom of their heart they know how to sew on a buttons;
They can distinguish “Ob” from “Tampax”;
Sometimes they just cover us with the blanket giving a tender kiss;
They love our voices;
They are not always accompany us to airport, but they always come to meet us;
They think that our bags are heavy only when we meet;
They keep the silence when we are yelling;
When they leave – we stay;
When we think about our past – we think about them;
They know how to fight and they are so strong;
They give their surnames to our kids;
They do things that we are proud of;
They want to have sons, but though daughters they love more;
Sometime they love their job\car\football more than us;
They have ANOTHER logic;
They continue to think constructively, when we are writhing in the hysterics;
They confirm to go to the supermarket and to do shopping according to the list;
They are disposed to eat fried eggs when we don’t have time to prepare the dinner.

Friday, 12 June 2009

The Dedication - to my family and my friends - I love you and miss you so much!

My dear persons who I love, I want this music to make us closer for some minutes and I want it to make you remember all happy moments that we had together:))))))

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Farewell Letter by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If for a while God forgot that I’m a puppet and gave me a piece of life, probably I wouldn’t say everything that I think, but definitivelly I would think everything that I say. I would give more value to things not because of what they cost but because of what they mean.
I would sleep less and dream more. I understand that for each minute that we close our eyes, we lose sixty seconds of light. I would walk when the others stopped, I would wake up when the others slept, I would listen when the others spoke, and how much I would enjoy a chocolate ice-cream!
If God gave me a piece of life I would dress simply, I would lie on the sun, “showing” not only my body but my soul. My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on the ice and I would wait for the sun to rise.
My God, if I had a piece of life... I won't let a single day pass without saying people I love how much I love them. I would convince every single women and men that they are my favourites and I would live in love with love
I would prove people how wrong they are to think that they stop falling in love when they get older, without knowing that they get older when they stop falling in love! To a kid... I would give him wings, but I let him alone to learn how to fly. To the elder I would teach them that death does not arrive with being old but with forgetting.
There are so many things I have learned from you, people... I have learned that everybody wants to live in the pick of the mountain without knowing that the true happiness lays in the way “you get into it”. I have learned that when a new born grasp his father’s fist for the first time, he caught him forever.
I have learned that a man has only the right to look down to another when he has to help him to stand up. There are so many things I have been able to learn from you, but actually they won’t be that worth, because when they keep me into this suitcase, unhappily I will be dying.
Always say what you feel and do what you think.
If I knew today as the last time I’m gonn see you sleep, I would hug you so strong and I would pray the lord to be able to be the guardian of your soul. If I knew this is the last time I’m gonna see you going out through that door, I would give you a hug, a kiss and I would call you again to give you more. If I knew this was the last time I am gonna hear your voice, I would record each one of your words to be able to hear them forever. If I knew these were the last moments I see you I would tell you “I love you” and I wouldn’t assume, stupidly, that you already know it.
There is always a tomorrow and life gives us the opportunity to do things right, but in case I’m wrong and today is the only thing we have left, I would like to tell you how much I love you, and that I’m never going to forget you.
Nobody has for sure a tomorrow, young or old. Today can be the last time you see the ones you love. So... don’t wait more, do it today, because if tomorrow never comes, you will for sure regret the day you didn’t take time for a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were so occupied to give them their last wish. Keep the ones you love near you, tell them in their ear how much you need them. Love them and trate them good. Take time to tell them “I’m sorry”, “forgive me”, “please”, “thank you”, and all the love words you know.
Nobody will remember you for your secret thoughts. Ask God for the strength and the wisdom to express them. Show your friend how important they are for you.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Not Until Now - A Film of Contact Improvisation by Brandon Gonzalez

The film documents two dancers as they strive and sometimes struggle to create intimate connection both physically and emotionally. Using the form contact improvisation as their focus. The music, instrumental and skillfully composed, along with serene images of nature, set the stage for the dance to unfold.
Gorgeous, amazing, sound in technique and absolutely beautiful and expressive of a variety of emotions. You can see the progression, you can see the "stuck" moments, and laughter, even occasionally trepidation. I really like it!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Fire Flower by Pierre Michel

Pierre Michel’s latest film , “Fire Flower,” is an abstract vision of sensuality with hints of alchemical mysticism. Like Pierre’s other films, this project derives its power from an intense focus on texture and color backed by a dramatic soundtrack.

Dido & Aeneas

A danced performance of the Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to hearbreak and tragedy.

Screen Dance: A New Visual Language - Dance Camera West Film Festival: "10 Exhalations"

"10 Exhalations," a romance evolves in the cramped quarters of a tiny apartment living room. In each scene of movement, the couple's exhalation of breath is animated as an icy stream of air that alternately connects and repels them. All three of these films seem to demonstrate that dance, and the physical contact it promises, is an antidote to the sterile anonymity of modern urban life, love, and work.

Diana Vishneva: Beaty in Motion

“Beauty in Motion” featured the International ballet star in a program of three new ballets created for her by choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Moses Pendleton and Dwight Rhoden. Ms. Vishneva was joined on stage by the American modern dancer Desmond Richardson and members of the Kirov Opera, Ballet and Orchestra.

The show is meant to celebrate Diana Vishneva, the Russian ballerina who is currently a principal with American Ballet Theater as well as the Kirov Ballet, or Mariinsky Theater, in St. Petersburg. The middle piece, by Moses Pendleton, the modern, not ballet, choreographer who founded theatrical dance companies, Pilobolus and MOMIX, is the one that most celebrates Vishneva, because it allows her to have the stage entirely to herself. It's hard to say that she works tremendously well with others, but Pendleton gave her some brilliant props to work with — particularly a large mirror upon which she lay in various positions, she and her reflection together evoking a series of imaginative shapes, and a beaded headdress which she wore and spun around repeatedly in, making interesting forms with the material — and the result seemed to be the crowd-pleaser of the night.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Dance Madrid: Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza

This renowned contemporary dance company, based in Madrid, has been lead by Nacho Duato for the past 18 years. With a rich repertory of lush and languid choreography and precise technique, the company is a treasure not only of Spain, but also of the dance world.

Nacho Duato once said in an interview that the focus of his work is “the body expressing the emotion of the music; my dances are inspired by human relationships of everyday life.” In another interview Duato, artistic director of Compañía Nacional de Danza, said, “when people come to see us at the theater, they should see themselves reflected on the stage.”

Duato’s company, the Compañía Nacional de Danza is recognized as one of Europe’s finest contemporary ballet companies. Founded in 1979 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the then Ballet Nacional de Espana Clasico built its company from a wide range of dancers with a variety of training and style specialties. The artistic directors that came before Duato laid a foundation of Spanish and classical work: Victor Ullate, a Spanish dancer who also performed with Bejart’s Ballet of the Twentieth Century; Maria de Avila, who brought to the company classical work from George Balanchine and Antony Tudor; and the great Russian prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who brought works from her classical Russian roots.

Polina Simenova dancing in "Demo (Letzter Tag)"

Polina Simenova is a classical ballet dancer and Principal with the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet. She is regarded as a Prima Ballerina and is the one of the youngest dancers to achieve this particular kind of recognition. Appearing in Herbert Grönemeyer's music video "Demo (Letzter Tag)", which was later uploaded to YouTube, brought her into the public eye both in the dance community and to the general public.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Wade Robson-Burning Room-Ben Susak & Pam Chu

Before Wade Robson set this piece on Josh and Katee for "So You Think You Can Dance", he created the original version on his beautiful dancers from his Cirque Du Soleil (Chris Angel BELIEVE Show). After he decided to make a short film with two of his dancers that really connected with the piece - Ben Susak and Pam Chu. This was Josh and Katee's inspirational guide. I hope you will like it :)

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Signs - A short film about communication

It's a sweet short film created by Publicis Mojo and @RadicalMedia about communication and finding love when you least expect it. This wonderful short film that aims to capture the essence of communication at various levels.Highly visual and well emoted, it keeps the regular human talk out with a beautiful composition playing in the background, which creates the moods and temperaments and also sets the pace of the video in a brilliant manner.

Being sensible person I always get impressed when a short film can touch me without many words. This video highlights how easy it is to feel lonely and disconnected, even surrounded by people and excitement. It also offers a simple message: you can connect at any time.

Friday, 1 May 2009

La Luna Incantata - Alessandra Ferri

“La luna incantata” (The enchanted Moon) with Alessandra Ferri, winning musical dance film at the International Festival of Cannes for Television Programmes in 1992. Choreography - Fabrizio Monteverde, performance - Ballet of Toscana, music - Wim Mertens "Struggle for pleasure". Well, what can I say about it? Awesome, amazing, great? Hmmmm... No, this is much more. I'd better express my impression in another way:

Dance is music made visible.

Dance is the world’s most famous metaphor.

Dance is silent poetry.

Dance is the mother of all arts.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Dancers are the athletes of God.

Nothing is more revealing than dancing.

Dancing is dreaming with your feet.

Dance to express, not to impress

Monday, 20 April 2009

Takagi Masakatsu - Bloomy Girls - Lumines II

Think back to the video of the bag in American Beauty; I'll wait. Okay, so is a paper bag fluttering around in front of a camera truly a "tiny miracle in daily life"? The bag does seem, almost inexplicably, to have freed itself from the bonds of gravity, possibly with the aid of something called 'wind', but I'm pretty sure that doesn't count as a miracle. Regardless, the pot dealer in American Beauty really got choked up on this stuff, and video documentarian Takagi Masakatsu digs on these little wonders, too. One's fictional, of course, but no doubt most of you are more familiar with his work than with Masakatsu's real-life video collage, Lumines II. Takagi Masakatsu is a visual artist and musician whose work knows no aesthetic borders. He has presented video installations and performed live at art spaces around the world. He also produces music videos, as well as music for commercials and film. He has toured with musician and remix artist David Sylvian. In 2006, “Bloomy Girls,” a visual book with his video arts collection, was released. Res magazine named him one of the 2006 RES 10, an annual selection of emerging artists who will influence the worlds of film, video, design, advertising, music, and media art in the upcoming year and beyond. One of my favourite artists - just awesome!

Sunday, 19 April 2009

American Beauty - The dancing paper bag

RICKY: That was amazing.
JANE: What was amazing about it?
RICKY: When you see something like that, it's like God is looking right at you, just for a second. And if you're careful, you can look right back.
JANE: And what do you see?
RICKY: Beauty.
JANE: Is it only dead things?
RICKY: No. Not at all. No, it's everywhere. You just have to be open to it.

RICKY: Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Rain by Pontus Lidberg

Once I find something I really enjoy, I tend to go a bit obsessive about it, so I have been researching stuff about Pontus Lidberg, the guy who choreographed and directed that dance film I really liked, The Rain.Pontus hails from Sweden, where he trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He has choreographed for the Norwegian National Ballet, Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Stockholm 59° North (a company made of soloists from Royal Swedish Ballet) plus worked on dance films, like The Rain. Trailer for the 28-minute film The Rain, by Pontus Lidberg - it's really nice :)

Sunday, 12 April 2009

For My A. Angel - for my sZENt: Miracle Maker

Miracle Maker

I’m waiting here for my life to change,

When the waters stir you can rearrange me.

Just one touch is all I need,

I’ve nothing much but the wounds I feel,

I’m looking for the hand of the miracle man.

Holy, you are holy,

Who was and is and is to come.

Holy, you are holy, Saviour, Healer,

I’m standing at the feet of the miracle maker.

I’m holding on, with your life in mine,

Living water’s come,

And you’ve rearranged me.

Holy you are holy,

Who was and is and is to come.

Holy, you are holy, Saviour, Healer,

I’m staring in the face of the miracle maker.

Holy, you are holy,

Who was and is and is to come.

Jesus, precious Jesus,

Thank you, Saviour,

I’m walking in the shoes of my miracle maker.

I’m standing with the faith of a miracle maker.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Just a melancholic ballet episode

Some people think of ballet is outdated, but it is truly timeless. It portrays human experience and emotion on a primal level, understood without any need for words. I've always felt it to be a very powerful form of expression.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Stephane Lambiel - Un giorno per noi: 2007 Cup of Russia

Stéphane Lambiel (born April 2, 1985 in Martigny, Switzerland) is a Swiss figure skater. He is a two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005 and 2007) and an eight-time Swiss National Champion. Lambiel is known for his spins and is credited with popularizing some spin positions. I love especially this performance presented in Russia on Josh Groban's song "Un giorno per noi (romeo e giulietta)" - the combination of music with exquisite plastic and perfect Lambiel's technic provokes stunning impresion!

Monday, 6 April 2009

''And They Got Married and Had Many Kids" (Ils se Marierent et Eurent Beaucoup d'Enfants) by Yvan Attal!

The original French title of ''Happily Ever After" translates to ''And They Got Married and Had Many Kids." That's colloquially about the same as fairy-tale cliché, ''they lived happily ever after," but the English title carries a sting that writer-director-star Yvan Attal doesn't quite intend. Everyone may be miserable in this funny, ribald, unexpectedly profound tale of married Parisian yuppies, but the joke and the tragedy is that they don't have to be. This is my favourite extract from this movie - it's so kind, so simple, so sweet so....joyful that you admire this couple, because you understand: "Yeah, this is it - happiness!"

Saturday, 4 April 2009

And once again Cats: The Story of the Cat and the Moon by Pedro Serrazino

The outstanding film is Pedro Serrazino's elegant "The Story of the Cat and the Moon," the tale of a frustrated lover of an elusive feline - unrequited love follows a cat who is beguiled by an always out-of-reach moon. The artist skillfully juxtaposes areas of black and white, and plays with reflections and reversed images to create a graceful, pleasing visual essay. The poem is beautiful! It describes exactly the feeling of a person that chases a dream and can't realize it… but it also tells how to fulfil it! I see the "Story of the Cat and the Moon" as one beautiful metaphor to the human relationships, passion and love.

Friday, 3 April 2009

"Riba" Supinfocom Valenciennes - Yves Dalbiez, Elise Garcette and Laurent Leleu

"Riba” was created by three French students, Yves Dalbiez, Elise Garcette and Laurent Leleu from Supinfocom Valenciennes, the same school of excellence who brought us that marvellous tango movie featured here a while back, "En Tus Brazos".

The unusual aspect of the 3D graphics (it seems like hand drawn) "had been chosen especially to remind the feeling of a real painting.""The piano soundtrack, which holds an important part of the work, was written by Yves Dalbiez two years before the movie, arranged and played by the talentuous Stéphane Corbin." The violoncello is played by Frédérique Legrand.

Contra feat. 2sleepy - Close So Far: Ballet Maribor

Ballet Maribor’s Radio and Juliet interprets the delicacy of love with the cold hand of mechanization in the modern world. Special music, coupled with the expressive mix of Ballet Maribor’s signature minimalist forms, intensifies feelings of desperation, alienation and loneliness, creating an atmosphere of aggression and the accelerating passage of time.

Lyric by CONTRA Music by 2sleepy Video by CONTRA (Maribor Ballet 'Radio & Juliet' was used)

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Pilobolus: A performance merging dance and biology

Pilobolus is an internationally-renowned dance company, whose origins are traced to a 1971 Dartmouth College dance class taught by Alison Chase; the founding members were Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, Nicholas Bochte and Jonathan Wolken. The group first began performing in October 1971, and has been touring worldwide since that date, primarily with artistic directors Barnett, Chase, Wolken, and Michael Tracy, though Chase left in 2006, after having collaborated with Pendleton in 1980 to form the offshoot group Momix. Their performances have long been characterized by a strong element of physical interaction between the bodies of the performers, and exaggerations or contortions of the human form (or other anthropomorphic forms), often verging on gymnastics. I like it very much:)

Sunday, 29 March 2009

"Echo" by Soul B ballet!

In the vanity of each day you forget about beauty, you forget about me and you forget about dreams...Contemplating this flower - I am smiling:) And you???.... Don't forget your dreams, because one day only the echo could remain from your dream...So hurry up to make it true!!!

Paris, Je T'aime - Faubourg Saint-Denis (pour tout le monde et, spécialement, pour Natacha:)

Paris, je t'aime (French for "Paris, I love you") is a 2006 film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities including American, British and French. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 21 directors include Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Gerard Depardieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Nobuhiro Suwa, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles and Gus Van Sant.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May, opening the Un Certain Regard selection. It had its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on 10 September and its U.S. premiere in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 9 April 2007.[1] First Look Pictures acquired the North American rights, and the film opened in the United States on 4 May 2007.

Faubourg Saint-Denis — by German writer-director Tom Tykwer. After mistakenly believing that his girlfriend, a struggling actress (Natalie Portman), has broken up with him, a young blind man (Melchior Beslon) reflects on the growth and seeming decline of their relationship. Actually, my favourite one:) Enjoy!

Monday, 23 March 2009

The Art of Marbling (Ebru)!

The word marbling is in Turkish EBRU (cloud, cloudy) or abru (Water face). En Français. It is derived from the word ebre which belongs to one of the older Central Asian languages and it means the "moiré, veined fabric, paper etc..." used for covering some manuscripts and other holy books. Its origin might ultimately hark back to China, where a document from the T'ang dynasty (618-907) mentions a process of coloring paper on water with five hues. Through the Silk Road this art came first to Iran and picked up the name Ebru. Subsequently this art moved towards Anatolia. Specimens of marbled paper in the Turkish museum and private collections date back as far as the 15th century but unfortunately there is no evidence to show at what date the art of marbling paper first appeared in Anatolia. Around the end of 16th century tradesmen, diplomats and travelers coming to Anatolia brought this art to Europe and after the 1550s, booklovers in Europe prized Ebru which came to be known as "Turkish Paper Turkish marbled paper making". After then it was broadly used in Italy, Germany, France and England.

There is agreement amongst scholars that the so-called Turkish Papers has a colourful influence on the book arts of Europe. In the early examples from the 16th century in the Ottoman-Turkish era, Ebru appears in the battal (large) form, namely without any manipulation. Ebru technique consists of sprinkling colors containing a few drops of ox-gall on to the surface of the bath of water mixed with with kitre (gum tragacanth) in a trough. By carefully laying the paper over the bath, the floating picture on top of it is readily transferred to the paper thus, each Ebru is a unique print. To obtain beautiful Ebru results, one needs to have a light hand, refined taste and an open mind to the unexpected patterns forming on the water. Patience and a good knowledge of traditional culture are characteristic of Ebru masters. Since the art of marbling had a significant importance in Islamic art, it is essential to recall the basic principles of Islamic art in order to have a better and closer look at marbling and thereby reach a deeper understanding. Ottomans tried to express the beauty of the divine in all branches of art. We see them seeking to illustrate mystical beauties in architecture, music and ornamental art. During the 14th to 19th centuries many religious schools, especially Sufi sects, became a kind of "Art Workshop" educating students by a master to apprentice method. Due to the modesty encouraged by dervish precepts many works of art even had no signature on them.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

To continue cat's topic: Louis Wein and his Cats!

Louis William Wain was born in the London district of Clerkenwell in London on 5th. August 1860. In his early years he was a sickly child and often skipped school. He attended his early schooling at The Orchard Street Foundation school in Hackney and at The Saint Joseph's Academy, Kennington.

With reference to his family he had 5 younger sisters and his father worked as a textile salesman and his mother designed Church fabrics and carpets. Louis Wain studied and trained at The West London School of Art ( 1877-1882 ) and remained as an assistant teacher until he left in 1882.

After his Father's death in 1880 he had to support his mother and five younger sisters and soon after, his sick wife Emily Richardson ( His youngest sister's governess ) whom he had married in 1881. Shortly after he married her she contracted Breast cancer. He brought Emily a Kitten which they called Peter and to entertain her he started drawing Peter in humourous situations and poses. To help to support his family he became a freelance illustrator ( initially influenced by Caldecott and May ) and in 1882 he joined the staff of The illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News. He began to make his name with Dog drawings at various Dog Shows including the early British National Dog show at Crystal Palance in 1882 ( which later became kown as Crufts ). During this time his wife encouraged him to send some of the humourous cat pictures of Peter to various Magazines and Newspapers which started to make his reputation here in Britain and in America and where his humourous cat pictures were seen in Comics, newspapers and magazines.

In 1884 he was commisioned to produce his funny cat pictures in the Christmas edition of the illustrated London news. These pictures were so successful that his life would never be the same again. Alas, this was tinged with sadness as his wife died shortly afterwards, but knowing that Louis Wain had become a great success and his illness - schizophrenia begun to progress.

Wain allows us a unique insight into the delusions and course of illness in a late onset schizophrenic. Wain’s early work, while strange to some, is dominated by fanciful imagery of cats dressed in human clothes or engaged in human activity. Considering that much of his work was political cartooning and illustrating for children’s books, the early work seems an adequate representation of his pre-schizophrenic period. During the onset of his disease at 57, Wain continued to paint, draw and sketch cats, but the focus changed from fanciful situations, to focus on the cats themselves. Characteristic changes in the art began to occur, changes common to schizophrenic artists. Jagged lines of bright color began emanating from his feline subjects. Soon the cats became abstracted, seeming now to be made up of hundreds of small repetitive shapes, coming together in a clashing jangles of color. The abstraction continued, the cats now being seen as made up by small repeating patterns, almost fractal in nature. Until finally they ceased to resemble cats at all, and became the ultimate abstraction, an indistinct form made up by near symmetrical repeating patterns.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai

She and Her Cat (彼女と彼女の猫, Kanojou to Kanojou No Neko), subtitled Their standing points, is an independent five minute anime OVA about the relationship between a male cat and his female owner told from the cat's perspective. It was created mostly by Makoto Shinkai, except the soundtrack, which was done by his friend Tenmon. She and Her Cat is also the first project Makoto Shinkai directed.

The season was the beginning of spring, and that day, it was raining.

Sec. 1 [Introduction]

That's why Her hair, and my body too, were heavy with humidity. The air surrounding us was saturated with the immensely pleasant fragrance of the rain. Phone rings.

The Earth on its axis turned quietly without a sound, and in this world, Her and my body continued to lose heat peacefully.

I am currently not at home. Your business, please.

That day, I was picked up by Her. That's why, I am her cat.

Sec. 2 [Her Days]

She was kind like a mother, and beautiful like a lover. That's why I quickly became enamored of her.

She lives alone and leaves for work every morning. I don't know the details of Her work nor am I interested, but I very much like the way She looks leaving the room in the morning. Her long hair, properly tied up, the faint smell of cosmetics and perfume. She places Her hand upon my head. "I'll go and come back, OK?" she says aloud. She straightens her back, and with a pleasant sound echoing from Her shoes, She opens the heavy iron door.

A smell like grassy places wet with rain in the morning remains for a while.

Sec. 3 [His Days]

Summer has come and I have a girlfriend too. It's the young cat, Mimi. Mimi is small and cute, and really good at being spoiled, but after all, I like a woman who is more adult.

"Mimi, like Her."

"Ne, Chobi."

"What is it, Mimi?"
"Please marry me""

"Ne, Mimi. I've said this numerous times, but I have an adult lover.ot true."

"It's not, 'not true'.

"Let me meet her."
"You can't."


"Ne, Mimi. I've said it numerous times, but we'll have this kind of talk after you've become more of an adult. Or something."

This kind of conversation goes on forever.

"Please come over to play again, OK? Definitely, OK? Really come over, OK? Really, really come over, OK?"

In this way my first summer passes, and gradually, cooler breezes begin to blow.

Sec. 4 [Her Loneliness]

One day like that, after a long, long telephone conversation, She cried. The other line is cut, then a busy tone remains. She hangs up. I didn't understand the reason, but She cried for a long time by my side.

I think She is not the one at fault. Only, I am always watching. She is always kinder than anyone else. She is more beautiful than anyone else. She lives more earnestly than anyone else.

I can hear her voice, "Someone... someone... someone someone... someone, please save me."

Sec. 5 [She and Her Cat]

In the darkness that has no end, this world that we are aboard continues to revolve. The season has changed, and it is now winter. The scenery of snow that, to me, should be the first I've seen, I have a feeling I've known it from long ago.

The winter mornings are late, so even when it becomes time for Her to leave the house, it is still dark outside. The sight of Her engulfed in a very heavy jacket makes her seem practically like a big cat.

She, who wore the scent of snow, and her slender, cold fingertips, the sound of the black clouds streaming by far in the upper sky, her soul, and my feelings, and our room... the snow inhales the sounds of all, but only the sound of the electric train that She boarded reached my upright ears.

I, and probably Her too, this world, I think we like it.

"Dolls" by Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano proudly presented "Dolls" in the Venice festival, where it received bad critics and reviews from the so-called cinema intellectuals and movie critics. A few months later it was premiered in the Sitges Cinema Fest.
"Dolls" is a great movie about true love and the meaning of life. It's perfectly directed, it's perfectly acted. The point to criticize the movie for most of the critics, is the point that I praise: the use of the symbols is 100% aesthetic, I even believe that the real love is not the subject of the movie, but aesthetics; and the greatest of everything is that using this strange way of filming he really emphasizes the story. The traditional filming would use symbol's as a way to directly emphasize the action, but this movie uses the symbols independently from the action and that gives strength to the overall story.The aestheticism is very dangerous, because it can turn your movie into a sum of meaningless scenes attached with a very poor story, making it very boring. However Kitano-sensei manages to exploit aesthetics without loosing the plot.
The visuals of this film tell the story, not the words. Its a first film of a kind where you can completely shut the sound off and get the story nonetheless. With an amazing craft, Kitano explores silence, by that focusing your attention into whats on the canvas. At times, you can freeze frame and just look at the picture as if its a painting. Kitano goes into an exploration of human psyche on such deep levels that sometimes I felt like I was finding out new things about myself. Choosing themes carefully, he delivers a story about human beings and their emotions and what these emotions do to the human beings. At times, looking at us as if we are microbes under Kitano's camera-easque eye of a microscope, he adds elements into life as if on Petri's dish and sees what grows out of it, knowing that some "microbes" won't stand the chance of surviving the newly added obstacles.
Just like Japanese poetry, the movie doesn't make sense at times, and yet remains purely a joy of a visual sight. Also, I was truly touched and amazed by the connection with the color red. He connects to the meaning of the rope, which is limitation and humiliation, and by coloring other objects in red he suggests that those elements are "a rope" to some of the characters just the same. The lady who waits for her boyfriend to come back wears a red hat, and she is bound to waiting for him forever. Also, the red takes over the character of the mute girlfriend of the main character, and eventually she all dresses in red, by that becoming even more of a DOLL than she was before. She surrenders herself to the "slavery" of the rope and it grows into her.
In conclusion, it's a masterpiece you shouldn't forget. Kitano is one of the greatest directors nowadays and this movie proves it. Whether you are a hardcore Kitano fan or just enjoy films, watch it, you won't get disappointed. "Dolls" is an intellectual paradigm, a true cinema, a MUST to watch.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

So you think you can dance? Season 3 - Jaime and Hok

So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the FOX network. Season three premiered May 24, 2007.

Jamie & Hok performed this competing number on the 27th of June, 2007. The concept and costume design was by Wade Robson and his wife Amanda Robson. The choreography and direction was by Wade Robson.
In my oppinion this choregraphy was touching at so many levels. The mood created by the music, the lighting, the costumes and make-up was drawing us into what seemed an "intimate moment" in a "secret world". The movements and the interpretations were unique. Thanks, Wade and Amanda, for this soothing moment for the soul!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

My favourite Yann Tiersen - in Madrid 2006

Guillaume Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer known internationally for composing the score to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie Amélie. His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, harpsichord and typewriter.

Here it is a part of the best violin performance by Yann Tiersen live in Madrid.

"More" - Stop Motion Short Film by Mark Osborne

"More" was written and directed by Mark Osborne, and created by a team that included, among others, Keith and Shannon Lowry, Rick Orner, Nick Peterson, and David Candelaria. Although it was only a 6-minute short, it was, as Osborne put it, an "absolutely massive undertaking"—as it was the first short to be shot using the IMAX format. In addition, it was filmed using stop motion, a much more time-consuming method than live-action filming techniques.


Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Short Films

South by SouthWest - Best Animated Short

Academy Award (1998) - Nominee - Best Animated Short

ResFest – Audience Award for Best Film, Grand Audience Prize for Best Film

Aspen Shorts Fest - Special Jury prize

World Fest Houston - Gold / Special Jury Prize for Shorts

USA Film Festival - Dallas - Grand Jury Prize for Shorts

Toronto International Short Film Fest - Best Animated Short, Best Short Overall

Stony Brook Film Fest - Best Short Film

‘Message to Man’ - Russia – Best International Debut Film

PhilaFilm - Philadelphia – Best Animated Short

Annie Awards – Nominee for Best Animated Short Subject

St. Louis International Film Festival - Best Short Film

Upsalla International Short Film Festival/Sweden - Audience Award for Best Film

San Francisco Indie Fest – Audience Award

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Image of love in songs (part 1) Josh Groban - Per Te

A translation of an amazing song Per Te (For You) by Josh Groban. Beautiful voice, touching lyrics and exquisite choreography. I really hope that people are able to feel in such a spiritual way and to know how to love.

For You (Per Te)

I breath in the air the scent of you

Little dreams had lived with me

Now I know, I don't wanna lose you

That sweetness which has no age

Your beauty has no rivals

My heart wants only you

For you, For you, I'll live

Love is gonna win

With you, With you, I'll have

Hundreds days of happiness

Hundreds nights of serenity

I'll do what you'll ask me to

I'll go always anywhere you g

I'll give all the love I feel for you

Tell me that you know the future, yet

Tell me that this is not gonna change

Without you I don't wanna exist

For you, For you, I'll live

Love is gonna win

With you, With you, I'll have

Hundreds days of happiness

Hundreds nights of serenity

I'll do what you'll ask me to

I'll go always anywhere you go

I'll give all the love I feel for you

I mustn't say it to you, by now you know it

That I would die without you

For you, For you, I'll live

Love is gonna win

With you, With you, I'll do

Everything you'll ask me to

I'll go always anywhere you go

I'll give all the love I feel for you

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

A Path of Tears (눈물이 흐르는 경로, 2004)

As always japaneses are refined in their expressions - tender Yiruma's music and stirringly philosophical animation!

Monday, 23 February 2009

Vollmond by Pina Bausch

Philippine "Pina" Bausch is a modern dance choreographer and a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance. She is the artistic director and choreographer of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch company, based in Wuppertal in Germany. The company has a large repertoire of original pieces, and regularly tours throughout the world. Bausch began dancing from a young age. In 1955 she began studying at the Folkwang Academy in Essen directed by Germany's then most influential choreographer Kurt Jooss, one of the founders of German Expressionist dance. After graduation she won a scholarship to continue her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City in 1960, with her teachers including Anthony Tudor, José Limón, and Paul Taylor. In New York she performed with the Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer Dance Company, the New American Ballet, and became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company.

Her performance is a vision that is the source of enthusiasm for some and controversy for others. Bausch's dance works, many of which are evening- long, offer different vantage points on a compelling yet bleak portrait of humanity. Often what is most vivid in Bausch's dances is the inhumanity of men and women toward each other and the callous indifference of the world that surrounds them. What has irked American dance critics since Bausch made her U.S. debut in June 1984 at the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles, is not this subject matter of her work so much as her coolly neutral position in regards to the often brutal, aggressive and physically and emotionally cruel episodes in her dances. "She keeps referring us to the act of brutalization and humiliation - to the pornography of pain," said the leading dance critic Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, about Bausch's American debut. "The unsettling thing about Bausch's work, despite its originality and mastery, is that it leaves one unsure of where she stands in the moral spectrum," complained Alan Kriegsman of The Washington Post of the same debut tour.

Here it is one of my favourite works by Pina Bausch - Vollmond or “Full Moon,” in which the dancing takes place amid huge volumes of on-stage water. Male-female relations are also the dominating theme of Vollmond, but the context in which they play out is radically different. Bausch places her dancers amid cascades of water, which erupt everywhere from the ceiling to buckets to the dancers’ mouths. The set of Vollmond, for which Bausch moves downtown to Shinjuku, also features a stream that runs across the stage, in which the dancers cavort, bathe, swim—and even drown.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Interpret me

Two arranging parties have taken a seat by the edge of the table and between them, as an imperceptible shadow, seat an interpreter. Everybody was keeping the silence.
HE was the first who took the word:
- I love you.
HER face contorted, but interpreter has given her a sign and said:
- HE says: “I’ve got patience; I’m ready to listen and to make an attempt to understand you”.
SHE hemmed and replied with bitterness:
- You always knew how to tell beautiful words, and completed actions, probably, I would never await from you.
Interpreter turned around to HIM and said:
- SHE says: “I love you too. Only love has helped me to bear everything”.
HE begun to speak and HIS voice were full of sorrow.
- I can’t take it anymore. Anything that I do – you don’t like it. You always criticize it.
Interpreter turned around to HER over again and said:
- He says: “I’ve got expanded, vulnerable EGO. It makes me perceive all your words like knocks, and I unintentionally begin to see an enemy in you”.
SHE was looking at HIM – already without an odium, already with such a compassion from which there is only a one step and a half to LOVE.
- I will try to remember about it, but you should stop being a child. It’s a time to grow up, to mature.
Interpreter has turned around to HIM…
… They were going away together, nip and tuck, almost hand in hand. On the threshold HE suddenly stopped and came up to interpreter and gave a smack on his shoulder and exclaimed:
- Buddy, you are a real professional! Where do they teach this?
Interpreter didn’t reply; He just met HER glance by his eyes and translated:
- HE says me: “I want to learn to understand her by myself”.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Inner Life of the Cell - I adore all this biological stuff!!!! Magic is in the air!!!!

The Inner Life of the Cell is a short 3D computer graphics animation demonstrating various biological mechanisms that occur within a white blood cell in the human body. When teaching biology, professors will often generate 3D animations to demonstrate certain concepts to their students in a much more visual way than would otherwise be possible. In the case of The Inner Life of the Cell the creators aimed for a more cinematic, as opposed to academic, feel.

David Bolinsky, former lead medical illustrator at Yale, lead animator John Liebler, and Mike Astrachan are some of the creators at XVIVO who made the movie. They created the animation for Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Most of the processes animated were the result of Alain Viel's, Ph.D. work describing the processes to the team. Alain Viel is an associate director of undergraduate research at Harvard University.

This is an interpretation of full version video - a part adopted for wide audience. It's a real magic - a whole universe inside of cell, example of harmony through perfect woking system:))) I like it so much!!!!!