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For anyone heading to Stuttgart to see Stuttgart Ballet and/or Gauthier Dance in February or March this year - there are a couple of exhibitions in the Stuttgart area in relation to dance that may be of interest. The exhibition “Ecstasy” at the Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart covers ecstasy in dance, sports, youth culture, religion, mythology, etc. As for ecstasy in dance, a number of paintings portray early 20th-century dancers; pictures and videos show e.g., traditional dances and dance in a night club. More information about the exhibition which runs until 24 February here https://kunstmuseum-stuttgart.de/index.php?site=Exhibitions;Current&id=114&bereich=ECSTASY&1538130133. The link also gives access to a detailed brochure that describes some of the works that feature in the exhibition. The Kunsthalle in nearby Goeppingen has a new contemporary exhibition that depicts the interaction between movement/dance and fine art through a mixture of drawings, paintings, sculptures and videos. Contents include Works about dancers (e.g., drawings by Vasily Kandinsky of Gret Palucca) Works created based on the analysis of someone’s movement across space (pencil drawings by Morgan O’Hara – the wider the movements are, the larger the drawing becomes; the more diverse the movements are, the lighter the colour of the resulting work remains – whereas movements that stay within a small area lead to a much darker shade of the same colour. And so … e.g., the movements of dancers of English National Ballet in Act III of Swan Lake lead to a large round-ish form that is filled with roughly the same shade throughout, the wide and flowing arm movements of a conductor lead to a large drawing with many fine lines, the intense focus of a pianist on just a few keys creates a small and very dark, almost rectangular form) Videos that show how dance and movement create art (e.g., the moving arm of a sculpture by Jean Tinguely draws a picture, someone jumps along a wall and the ensuing movement of the person’s arm draws a picture) Recordings of (excerpts of) performances (e.g., Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace, Bruce Naumann’s Floor and Wall positions, a work by Nam June Paik that shows multiple instances of Merce Cunningham, a work by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, along with some of her plans for and notations of the work, William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies, Samuel Beckett's Quad I + II)) There is also a drawing by Vaslav Nijinsky This exhibition runs until 24 March. I saw it earlier today and found it mesmerising. Link http://www.kunsthalle-goeppingen.de/ausstellungen/aktuell/halle-unten/, and via Google translate https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kunsthalle-goeppingen.de%2Fausstellungen%2Faktuell%2Fhalle-unten%2F&sandbox=1
The Courtauld Gallery in London will host an exhibition about Rodin and dance. It includes both sculptures and drawings and will run from Oct 20 to Jan 22, 2017. http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays/rodin-and-dance-the-essence-of-movement
An exhibition with the title "American choreographers at the Paris Opera" runs at Palais Garnier until 25 September, showing costumes and pictures (and videos?), and tracing developments since 1947. Quite a bit of information on the web site as well https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/exhibitions for those who won't be in Paris over the summer.
Something from Paris that is not related to the news about Benjamin Millepied … Dance studio ÉLÉPHANT PANAME near the Paris Opera is hosting an exhibition about Clairemarie Osta and Nicolas Le Riche http://www.elephantpaname.com/fr/programmation/exposition-etoiles. All text and all interviews in the exhibition are in French however given the number of exhibits and the beautiful building it is in, there is a lot to look, at even if a visitor doesn’t speak much French. I’d never seen Osta dance and Le Riche just a couple of times and found it hugely interesting. The exhibition traces their careers through pictures from childhood to their current activities, personal mementos (Osta’s first ballet slippers/ her first tutu, posters and an armchair from Le Riche’s changing room, etc. etc.), letters they received, an essay written by Osta at school in which she analysed Des Grieux from Manon, and a variety of costumes. Two ballets, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and Manon feature prominently. The bed from Le Jeune Homme et La Mort and the writing desk (complete with feather and candle) from Manon are on display, and both with a number of pictures taken at performances, plus a short film that shows extracts of Osta preparing for and dancing in her final performance before she retired, which was Manon. A roughly hour-long film runs in a loop on the ground floor, showing Osta and Le Riche rehearsing for/ dancing in a variety of ballets, some of them together, some with other partners, or on their own – e.g., performances in Japan, a rehearsal by Mats Ek, and more of Manon. The displays are arranged such that visitors are able to walk in the midst of them, creating an immersive, even intimate atmosphere. A series of films and conversations with the artists accompany the exhibition which runs until the end of May 2016. The exhibition is in a beautiful old building with wonderful stucco to the ceiling and the remnants of romantic paintings along the walls of the central staircase … another thing to look at independent of language. I came across this exhibition when I was searching for cultural events in Paris this week on a holiday from London. It was a lucky find, I really enjoyed it and spent nearly three hours there today. ------------ Edited for typo