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Jean-Claude Gallotta's "Sacre" impressed itself deep into his childhood subconscious when he listened to an old recording in a dreamy half-sleep. This scene came back to him unexpectedly in 2009 when he was rehearsing the last section of "L'Homme à tête de chou". He made "The Rite of Spring" with the same dancers and the same musical energy. Gallotta's choreography is based on the work personally conducted by Igor Stravinsky. As for the ritual, Gallotta lays emphasis on prayer and contemplation.
This performance of "The Rite of Spring" is preceded by two short items: "Tumult", in which the choreographer asks dancers and the audience to hear the expressive silence of dance that precedes the unleashing of the music, and "For Igor", a solo as a tribute to the composer.
The Jasmin Vardimon Company performed FREEDOM at Sadler's Wells, London, 12-13 Nov 2012.
It's no longer a secret that the best breakdancers come from Japan. Here, the fast, accurate and synchronous steps, technically perfect movements of the dancers are often reminiscent of the traditional martial arts of their ancestors ... a coincidence? Probably not, but Japanese hip-hop is more than a series of karate gestures with musical accompaniment. The performances are filled with surprising allusions - for example, musical comedies of the 30s and the origins of hip-hop movement in the 80s.
Japanese Delight with Mortal Combat, Repoll:FX and Former Aktion filmed at the Bienale de Danse in Lyon in October, 2012.