ART we LIKE: Édouard Lock

CENTURION Magazine in conversation with Édouard Lock, the founder of dance company La La La Human Steps, whose range extends beyond the world of modern dance, extending to collaborations with the likes of David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Iggy Pop.

BAM blog: Sankai Juku—Cosmic Dance

Butoh emerged in 1959 in Japan, instigated by Tatsumi Hijikata, whose work was a provocation to modernity in general and specifically to the Western-lead reconstruction of Japan following World War II. In his 1960 essay “Inner/Outer Material,” Hijikata describes his performances as “bodies that have maintained the crisis of primal experience.” His work was grotesque, erotic, inflammatory, and rebellious. Sometimes dancers would flail wildly. Other times, they would stand completely still—though not serenely—held in place like an insect in amber, crushed by images, sensation, and histories. Rather than a specific dance grammar, butoh utilizes images to initiate movement. The dancers transform their sense of time, space, shape, and relationship based on a string of image poetry that propels them to move.

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via Sankai Juku—Cosmic Dance | BAM blog


ART we LIKE: En Puntas

En Puntas (‘On Points’) is a video by Javier Perez where ballerina Amélie Segarra dancing the en pointe ballet technique (in which the performer typically dances on the points of their toes) on the tips of huge, menacing kitchen knives in an empty, darkened theater on a grand piano! Continue reading

ART we LIKE | Pier Kids: The Life

Still from Bound by Night, courtesy of Wild Life Press.

Documentary Shines A Light On NYC’s Homeless LBGTQ Youth

A quarter century after Paris Is Burning swept the independent film world with its verité depiction of life in the New York ballroom scene, the docks down by Christopher Street, off Manhattan’s West Side Highway, are still home to New York’s largest population of homeless LBGTQ teens and young adults of color. For the past four years, Elegance Bratton has been making a documentary with the people who live there. His in-progress first feature, Pier Kids: The Life, follows three homeless youths—DeSean, Krystal, and Casper—as they struggle to find themselves, and a place to spend the night, on the same streets where Bratton once stayed.

via This Documentary Shines A Light On NYC’s Homeless LBGTQ Youth | The FADER.