Death-is she the character, the dancer? by Ben Baxter

We are honored that poet Ben Baxter writes about our video “Coming to an End”

Death-is she the character, the dancer?

She approaches the tight rope

She approaches the tight rope

walker

And she tells him

“We´re gonna dance”

In flamenco taps

And he falls

He falls and they fight

Beside the swinging rope

And he tries to run away and she pulls him back

Kisses him on the head

And he dies

And then we see her

The trapeze swinger

She´s in white with wings

And she´s beckoning

And then holding

The man as he swings

Below her and she lifts him to the performance

And death, a master of ceremonies

Holds out her hands and her arms

And presents them both

And they perform

They perform together; they perform solo

He balancing on a trapeze hoop

As though the tight rope had been

Looped

Onto itself

And she

In the air

Smiling

She holds on

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Interview about Music & Dance in Geneva

Nesla Walther, interviews dancer Elena Vázquez-Prada and musician Robert Green in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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Dancing in the Video Coming to an End

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New Video release next May 11th 2018

Made from Dance (Elena VP) took care of the Executive Directing and dance (the death) for this video. Fantastic to have worked with such talented artists in Geneva, Switzerland.


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Collaboration with Robyn Green

Made danced to Robyn Green´s song “Man in the Window” last night, at Pickwick´s in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mixing contemporary turns and flamenco with the abanico and manton with an alternative folk piece was a risky bet that people seem to really appreciate.

This was the last concert before Robyn´s new CD release of “Then Came Dark”, that will be available in Bandcamp summer 2017.

https://robyngreen.bandcamp.com/album/slowdown-deteriorate-3

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Dance Paws for Kids

Protect the feet from the start.

If you, our your kids, want to practice arts anywhere just pull out the Dance Paws from your bag ! No need to have the right shoes all the time. Do not stop being spontaneous.

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Rock the Ballet Show

I was invited to see the recent performance of the “Bad Boys of Dance” company in Geneva showcasing their performance, ROCK THE BALLET. The actual name does not provide an accurate account of what to expect at the show, and a more appropriate title would have been to call the spectacle “Pop the Gymnastics”, though I suppose that would not serve as much justice in trying to sell the show.

RocktheBalletThe dancers were good, especially the six males. They performed bare foot and non-stop, executing extremely fast steps, almost to the point where one could not sync with them and spurring a somewhat stressed feeling. They were completely isolated alone on stage with zero scenery to further enhance the overall vibe; not a single detail of decoration and they sported the most basic street clothes –essentially jeans and t-shirts. It looked like some people from the bus had just stepped onto a stage by mistake. Truly, big thanks should be owed to their technical skills as dancers for the event to not have been an utter disaster. I felt sorry for them, it is nice to transform oneself on a stage and transport the audience into some sort of parallel world, not the case, save the “herd” effect of the audience’s call to clap alongside the dancers to psychologically make them feel as if they were “getting into” the performance more. Furthermore, it was apparent that little effort had gone into interpreting the actual meaning of some of the songs the group danced to, notably due to the odd moments where the dancers’ were intent on better entertaining the crowd with smiles, points in some songs’ arrangements that would have been hardly reminiscent of feelings worth smiling about, according to the musical artists’ use of lyrical text depiction during their original writing of many of their works.

The choreography, created by the main female dancer, Adrienne Canterna, was poor, except for the first minutes in the second half after intermission. There was no plot nor backstory, making the show somewhat dull and boring, particularly due to the rapid steps and foot work occurring, leading to too much repetition and serving the dancers to have to show off more than feel the music they were performing. Gymnastics was mixed with classical and contemporary dance in an uncut way. There was little sensibility and the sensation was in great part, stressful and aggressive. Dancers were crossing the stage continuously, jumping, turning for no reason, without a destination. I felt anxious as it was well-performed in terms of posture, but badly choreographed.

On another note, a big bravo should be given to the lighting engineers and designers which was indeed fantastic and ultimately saved the show. It was definitely one of the elements I personally appreciated the most.

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Training wood and dancing bar at home

What is greater than waking up and seeing what Santa brought!: A training wood platform to practice flamenco tapping.

training wood

 

It folds up and I lean it towards the wall so that I can use the dancing bar for classical ballet and stretching. Neighbours will be happy as it stops the noise, though it is mainly important for my knees, hips and cervicals. If anyone needs directions let me know, I know where Santa got it 🙂

 

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EL SUR -Victor Ullate. Hommage to Enrique Morente and Lorca

Victor Ullate astonished the whole audience in Geneva with his impressive choreography last night, the 26th of November in Geneva, Switzerland.

The dancers on the stage were just impeccable, especially first ballerina, Marlen Fuerte, who danced non-stop for nearly 2 hours and transported us to the south of Spain. We suffered with her, fell in love with her, cried over her death and prayed for her once in heaven. It was a roller-coaster of emotions. All were shocked, not only by her technical skills, but her facial expressions. The rest of the dancers were flawless as well.

El Sur- Victor UllateDespite the story being a bit of a cliche in terms of the stereotypical image of the southern lifestyle in Spain (hommage to Lorca) as well as occasionally awkward transitions between sections, such as an alegria following a tragic death on stage, the colors of costumes, the perfect lighting that changed the vibe without a need for scenery among the backdrops, accompanied by a beautifully smooth choreography and the embellishment of Enrique and Estrella Morente’s voices made it particularly unique. The difficulty of having classical movements in a flamenco soundtrack is to be much appreciated.

Bravo to the dancers who gave it their all on stage!

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