Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Showing posts with label Dance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dance. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Interlude by Theatre, Ballet, Film and Music

This 1950s' sign greets commuters as they enter central London, UK, through Southwark. It was a clever marketing campaign for a brewery named 'Courage.' Image Source: Painted Signs and Mosaics.

As I mentioned in this post, many opera companies, live theatres, symphonies, ballets, and other highly-renowned arts organizations are streaming their performances now online. If you can donate even the price of a cup of coffee to them, please do so in return for their beautiful efforts.

If you have suggestions, please comment at the bottom of this post and I will add them.

Free streams during the lockdowns:
  • Today Tix: A long list of links to different theatre companies offering online streams during the nCov quarantines and lockdowns. More theatre long lists here and here.
  • New York's Metropolitan Opera: Each performance comes online at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time (New York time) and remains online for 24 hours.
  • Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet (starts 1 April 2020) on the Bolshoi's Youtube channel
  • Vienna's State Opera (schedule and streams): After registration (here) at www.staatsoperlive.com the subscription can be booked free of charge until further notice. Starting on Sunday, 15 March 2020, Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform www.staatsoperlive.com – worldwide and free of charge. This online programme will even follow the originally planned schedule at the house, with a few exceptions only. Streams start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. (Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier) or 5 p.m. CET respectively (Ariodante, Parsifal) and remain available for 24 hours.
  • London's Royal Opera House: From Our House to Your House: Live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube, virtual performances will include appearances from some of the industry’s most talented ballet dancers and opera singers – and they’re all completely free. ... [I]ts online programme will see productions such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Verdi’s La Traviata hit people’s screens. In addition to its virtual performances, the Royal Opera House will also be offering viewers behind-the-scenes looks behind its closed doors. Live broadcasts will commence ... on 27 March, before becoming available on demand, with The Royal Ballet’s 2010 production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (here) the first to be performed online. Other performances scheduled include Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, on 3 April, Mozart’s Così fan tutte on 10 April and ballet The Metamorphosis on 17 April, with more to be announced.
  • UK's National Theatre Live (starts 2 April 2020) streams are here: Records and broadcasts stage shows from London’s West End to cinemas worldwide. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern time (7 p.m. UK time), a production filmed in front of an audience in the theatre will be streamed and then be available on demand for seven days. Sally Cookson's 2017 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (April 9), Bryony Lavery's 2014 take on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (April 16) and Shakespeare's classic comedy Twelfth Night (April 23).
  • Amsterdam's Dutch National Opera: (schedule and stream) Until April 5, Mozart's Magic Flute (here)
  • Berlin's State Ballet (list and links): Offers some unlisted Youtube performances.
  • Berlin's Theatre: Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (schedule and daily stream)
  • Berlin's German Opera: Includes offerings for children and jazz enthusiasts. Look on the homepage for livestreams every couple of days, starting with Boris Blacher's PRUSSIAN FAIRY TALE (March 29-31); Giuseppe Verdi's OTELLO (March 31-April 2); Richard Wagner's TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (April 2-4); Beethoven's FIDELIO (April 4-6); Domenico Cimarosa's THE SECRET MARRIAGE (April 6-8); Aribert Reimann's THE GESPENSTERSONATE (April 8-10); Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (April 10-12); Giuseppe Verdi's DON CARLOS (April 12-14); Carl Heinrich Graun's MONTEZUMA (April 14-16); Wolfgang Rihm's OEDIPUS (April 16-18).
  • Munich's Bavarian State Opera and Ballet: schedule until April 19 and streams: A series of Monday Concerts beginning on 23 March 2020: each starting at 8:15 p.m. (Munich time) on STAATSOPER.TV, live and free of charge. The programme of the Monday Concerts consists of lieder, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance performances. For the week of March 31: Parsifal.
  • Montreal's reFrame Films: film descriptions here, streams here). reFrame Films, a Montreal documentary film company, is removing the password on its award winning films and making them available free of charge via Vimeo until June 1. Memorable films such as Bonjour! Shalom!, Chez Schwartz, The “Socalled” Movie, Bittersweet Deliveries, Cricket & Parc Ex: A Love Story and My dear Clara are engaging slices of life in Montreal. Others such as In Pursuit of Peace, The Man who Learned to Fall, On Wings of Song and Giota’s Journey are stories of hope and compassion.
  • NaNoWriMo (here): Now's your chance to write a novel, rather than read one. NaNoWriMo is providing moral support for writers who want to use the quarantines to write their next masterpiece.

"A scene from the Bolshoi Theatre's performance of Boris Godunov, with Mikhail Kazakov in the title role." Image Source: Bolshoi Theatre via South China Morning Post.

- I will add to this post as more links come to my attention. (Thanks to -T., -B.)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Formula for Consciousness

To unlock the mysteries of today's technology, some say you would have to start your investigation on the ballet stages of the 1840s. To get a flavour of European dance from that revolutionary period, today's post features some scans from a little book I own, published in 1948 by Batsford, entitled The Romantic Ballet. A centennial edition, it reprinted 1840s' coloured prints of prima ballerinas who were celebrated from 1840 to 1850. Click the images to enlarge.

These reprinted images from the 1840s display an occult visual vocabulary. For example, the three graces are three Greek goddesses - culture, beauty and creativity - later translated into the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. They are represented in the tarot deck as the Three of Cups.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Black Swan Opens Today

The American Fox/Searchlight film, Black Swan, opens today.  Synopsis: "BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her."  You can see the trailer here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welcome the Autumnal Equinox

Pomona. Tapestry designed by Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle, 1890. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Autumn Equinox begins on September 23 at 3:09 A.M. UTC (or Coordinated Universal Time, which is like GMT, but isn't).  That means it arrives10:09 PM EST on September 22. 

Timeless Myths explains the origin of the Roman goddess of orchards (depicted above in tapestry), Pomona.  It's the usual cheerful harvest story: "Vertumnus was the Roman god of garden and orchard. Vertumnus was probably a god of Etruscan origin, named Voltumna. His consort, named Pomona had similar functions. Pomona was the goddess of garden and orchard. The two deities had their festival on the same day, August 13. Ovid tells of how many woodland spirits and gods, including Pan and the satyrs, wooed Pomona, because of her great beauty. Pomona would have nothing to with males, mortals or immortals. All she cared about was orchard and her apples. ... Vertumnus tried various disguises to be near her and to win her love, such as ... farmer, vineyard worker, soldier ... . Finally he ... changed back to his normal form, and was going to force himself upon her. It wasn't necessary, since she had fallen in love with him in his true form."