This is the way I feel this morning. Smoky.
A bit of Smoke danced by the divine Sylvie Guillem, choreographed for her by Mats Ek, the longer version of which can be see here (also on YouTube), danced with Niklas Ek:
Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek:
For those of you who prefer Vimeo, the entire Series is here:
Smoke, by Mats Ek, Part I
Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek, Part II
Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek, Part III
#SylvieGuillem #MatsEk #SadlersWells #Smoke #ContemporaryDance #Dance
November 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Thanks for this, Giselle Minoli. I’ve been transported, somewhere inside. Somewhere raw, alone, connected, and powerful.
November 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm
Mesmerizing and breathtaking. Thanks for posting this Giselle Minoli
November 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm
Good afternoon! Have a lovely w/e:)
November 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Transfixing. totally stopped my morning and held me in its spell. left me feeling my heart – a little clenched, but more present. I’m so glad you are in my stream Giselle Minoli and for the delight you add to my life.
November 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm
Amazing how effortless she made that all look. That sequence would be a ridiculous workout were I to even try to approximate it.
November 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm
quelle magnifique prestation!!!
November 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm
That is what Sylvie Guillem does. Transport us…with her…wherever she goes. I will be posting more about her as her career comes to an end. She revolutioned ballet for women in ways that have yet to be measured. I think there were modern dancers who went there first, Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch, but I think that was because Modern dance wasn’t constrained by all that tradition…it was more free to begin with. Sylvie freed ballet, as are Misty Copeland and Wendy Whelan in the US. For me it’s all about breaking free. Thank you for watching and letting me know it touched you.
November 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Morning Eve Aebi and Michael O’Reilly (Yes, making something look effortless is the sign of artistry isn’t it? I believe she has said that in order to be free on stage one has to be extremely disciplined).
The ever kind Bill Abrams. Ditto. Thank you!
November 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm
And cheers stuart richman Roland J. Ruttledge and By polymorphe. Have a smokey weekend each and everyone of you!
November 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm
November 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm
She makes her body look so linear, so angular! Many dancers do the opposite, enhancing the curve, the arc …
I also appreciate the sometimes smooth flow from movement to movement, as well as the abrupt break and surprise.
November 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm
Hi Bill Davis. It is, isn’t it? And Douglas Jenkins I know what you mean, so much of what I sense you mean is dictated by the choreography in this case. But she has that impossibly long body with those impossibly long legs and arms and there is an angularness to her that goes on forever, yet she is also at the same time all softness and curve and smoothness. She is all of it at the same time.
November 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Thea Euryphaessa, I am flat out jealous. I am very disappointed with the dance world that a concerted effort is not made to make full length performances of high quality available online. It is too difficult for people to see performances like this unless one lives in or close to a dance center. And it’s expensive. There is so much hand-wringing about young people not being familiar with the world of dance. But few companies are making an effort (NYCBT is one) to actively pull in younger audiences, where Justin Peck, for instance, is asking musicians like Sufjan Stevens to compost music for new ballets, and even then one has to get beyond the ticket prices. I don’t know what the answer is, but making videos available online would be a huge step in the right direction. I am hoping that it will go the direction that certain musicians have taken – making the choice to share their music to turn people onto it. I think Misty Copeland is making an effort to reach out as a dancer. And Wendy Whelan. And when Sylvie retires it will be interesting to see where she chooses to go and what she chooses to do…she’s a huge environmentalist so she absolutely has a sense of the universal. Thanks so much for commenting!
November 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm
Thea Euryphaessa I am not surprised by her interest in the organic natural world. She lives in the mountains in Switzerland, has a dog, her partner is a photographer and perhaps it is just another extension of her use of her own body to express herself. After all, the natural world uses its body to express itself, doesn’t it? It’s just that so many people take it for granted…and mistreat it. Sad that it needs people with high profiles to point out how beautiful, fragile…and powerful…it is all at the same time. Like our moods. Smoky…
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November 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm
November 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm
A magical moment
November 13, 2015 at 8:14 am
A CERTAIN magic
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