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.
. video

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!