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Chopsticks Dance

The seamed pantyhose give it that authentic Filipino cultural touch.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 11, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: 1960's, Dance, Europe, South Pacific

Trisha Brown in “Accumulation”

It's not much of a dance, but Trisha Brown could certainly have had a career as a sign-language interpreter in South Africa.

Oh, yes, recipient of MacArthur "genius grant."

Luciana Achugar

If you can watch all ten minutes of this without feeling the urge to quit or fast-forward, you are made of tougher stuff than I.

Home page of the "artist."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 01, 2014 | Comments (22)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art, Dance

The Big Ballet

One only hopes that the current ill will towards Russia does not prevent the 2014 tour of The Big Ballet.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 28, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Dance, Russia, Obesity

Nazi Musicals

The Ginger Rogers of Nazi Germany.

More on Marika Rokk here and here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Movies, War, 1930's, 1940's, Dance, Europe

Forgetful Snow

Melinda Ring is trying to raise $13,000 on KickStarter so that she can stage her dance project, Forgetful Snow.

It's one of those things where it's kinda hard to tell if it's real or satire. But my gut instinct tells me it's for real. Of course, I have no knowledge of contemporary dance, so a more discerning viewer might instantly recognize this as a masterpiece.

The video is safe for work, despite the video thumbnail showing a hint of skin.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 08, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Dance

Peg-Leg Bates

Unfair career advantage: he had to buy only half the number of tap shoes of other dancers.

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 16, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Disabilities, Dance, Twentieth Century

No Touch Tango

From The Fort Wayne Sentinel - Jan 24, 1914:

New York, Jan 24 — Because she didn't like the tango, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish hired its most noted exponents, the Castles, to invent a denaturized form of this dance. She calls it the "Innovation." The dancers take position 12 inches away from each other, look into each other's eyes, but never touch each other during the dance. Her guests on whom it was sprung were NOT madly crazy about it.

I found a picture on wikipedia of Vernon and Irene Castle demonstrating what appears to be this No Touch Tango developed by them at Mrs. Fish's request:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1910's, Dance
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