2047 Apologue – Weaving Machine

About one year ago (June 2017) director Zhang Yimou presented 2047 Apologue at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing.

2047 Apologue consisted of eight performances prepared by 20 international and local teams, culminating with the performance of “Weaving Machine.”

Weaving Machine was developed by Wu Shuxiang (China – weaving), Rose Alice (co-director of the International Arts Collective in London – dance), CPG-Concepts (Hong Kong – choreography), Radugadesign (Russia – video elements), and WHITEvoid (Germany – lighting elements). Technology includes 640 motorized LED spheres from Kinetic Lights.

Being human, in olden days we sat down and talked face to face, our face turns red with embarrassment, but we can feel each other’s emotions close up – fears, anger, sadness and happiness. Will we still have these feelings in the future?
In this dialogue between ancient culture and modern technology, we experience puzzles that comes with the rapid progression of technology, and reflect on it – what will be the future relation between human and technology?
The most difficult task for this show is getting the audience to accept and acknowledge that their lifestyle, the way they communicate and the way that they work might not be the best

–Zhang Yimou

2047 APOLOGUE – Weaving Machine from Radugadesign on Vimeo.

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If Cities Could Dance: Baltimore

Going all the way to San Francisco to pick up some of the dance of Baltimore… KQED brings you If Cities Could Dance: Baltimore

KQED highlights Terry Wedington AKA TSU Terry, Brandon Dawson AKA McLovin, and Janiyah Johnson AKA Nirow.

Some photos of TSU Terry and some coverage of the Baltimore Club scene from the Baltimore Sun.

More on Team Squad Up.

Lots more going on in the city… is anyone covering it?

Also in the series, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Portland.

Secret Dancing Lives (of Scientists and Engineers)

PBS’s NOVA as a mini-feature about what scientists and engineers do when they are not “scientisting” and “engineering” and from this archive we bring these for you to enjoy…

Kate Sweeny: Shake off Your Anxiety

Crystal Dilworth: Ballet, Neuroscience and a Man-Eating Plant

Shaundra Daily: I Found Home

Amy Cuddy: I Can’t Not Dance

Mae Jemison: The Cosmic Dance

Michelle Thaller: Dancing With The Stars

Questions of Practice: Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Artistic Evolution and Risk

In this video, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, choreographer and founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, discusses her experience as a choreographer and the value of embracing risk throughout her practice. “Risk exists on the edge of failure…so if you’re not right on that edge of failure…you’re not in a place of risk. Living on that edge and learning from that edge to me is a really exciting place,” she says.