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Balletlujah revisited

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Last June I was inspired by a CBC documentary on the Alberta Ballet Company’s Balletlujah, a celebration of the music of K.D.Lang. My posts on Days 170 and 173 of my 365 day challenge were an expression of that inspiration using photographs I took from my TV screen during the CBC broadcast. For this week’s Photo Challenge: Dance I thought I would revisit those photographs and share with you the magic and sublime beauty of the dancers as they performed both on stage and in the warm Canadian prairie sunshine to the magnificent voice of K.D.Lang.

This is the Alberta Ballet Company’s description of Balletlujah for their 2015-2016 Season:

A true Albertan artistic triumph, Balletlujah! is a remarkable dance creation born from an intimate collaboration between two of Alberta’s most celebrated artists: k.d. lang and Jean Grand-Maître. It features a visually stunning homage to the people and landscapes of the Canadian prairies which shaped lang’s profound vision of music and life. Over 17 incomparable interpretations, including “Constant Craving,” “Big Boned Gal” and “Hallelujah,” Balletlujah! traces the unique journey of a young woman who abandons her hometown for romance and the City of Angels – but the mystical prairies will call her back to her treasured roots and to her true love.

Enjoy K.D.Lang’s wonderful interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which he described as being done to its “ultimate, blissful state of perfection.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) 2

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A second image of weightlessness from the archives.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) from Ben has given me the perfect excuse to open up the archives once again and revisit a never-to-be-forgotten afternoon nearly fifty years ago shooting rehearsals at Covent Garden in London. You may remember my other archival visit in response to the Photo Challenge: Broken last May, which I cheekily entitled “Peeping Beauty”. As I wrote then, my negatives are as pristine today in their protective sleeves as they were all those years ago.

Although I love the convenience of modern day digital photography, I have to confess there is something magical about 35 mm film as I think back and remember waiting anxiously for those images to slowly appear in the dim orange light of the photographic dark room.

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I hope you’ll agree the image I have chosen has “the air of weightlessness” about it that Ben has asked us for.

Studio 365: Day 173

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Balletlujah Collage II 22.6.15

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Day 173 ii     Day 173 iii

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Visit Studio 365 Day 170 to learn about Balletlujah celebrating the music of k.d.lang with links to CBC Television and the Alberta Ballet Company.

Studio 365: Day 170

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Inspired by last nights documentary on CBC television, Balletlujah, celebrating the music of k.d.lang through dance with sublime performances from the Alberta Ballet Company.

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…more to come.

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Breaking ranks in the corps de ballet.

I took this photo nearly fifty years ago during a rehearsal at Covent Garden, and the negative is as pristine today as it was all those years ago. In response to Cheri inviting us to “find beauty in something broken” for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken.

Poetry in Motion

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For lovers of So You Think You Can Dance I took these photographs during the broadcast just over a week ago of the exquisite Jacque Le Warne dancing a pas de deux with allstar Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. They were choreographed by the brilliant Travis Wall and were dancing to the Adagio for TRON by Daft Punk. If you saw this magical performance, which was made even more magical by their silhouettes, I’m sure you will agree that it was sublime in every way; true Poetry in Motion….

Simply Sublime

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If you are fans of So You Think You Can Dance as we are, you will have seen the audition by Deise Mendonca and Mauricio Vera that simply took ones breath away. These few photos that I took during last week’s broadcast demonstrate that the question SYTYCD really does not apply to these two wonderful artists whose love for each other and for dance leaps from the screen.

They danced Le grand pas de deux from Act II of Le Corsaire, music by Riccardo Drigo, and played here by The Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.


 
Simply Sublime