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This isn't ballet but I do think it is heart warming.  This is a film of two very short poems - each six lines - both written as a class exercise in no more than five minutes.  One is by Simon, a British young offender and the other by Glynn serving her sentence in a UK women's prison.  This particular item is called 'Ruby Reservoirs' and is a part of a larger project etched in the hope that such links might go some distance on a released prisoner's CV when proffered to a prospective employer or perhaps as a small device to give a soupçon of confidence to a potential landlord..  Hopefully the videos themselves can be enjoyed by all.  This particular one is brand new (it was created on 11.11.20) and is all of 1 minute and 18 seconds.  The performer is the ever glorious Dame Harriet Walter.

 

https://vimeo.com/478277978

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This isn't dance - but it is about Shakespeare who certainly has influenced the ballet world.  Amongst the Royal Ballet's choreographic cohorts alone I can think of MacMillan, Ashton and Wheeldon - and so, so many dancers over time have spoken of what dancing in Shakespeare has meant to them.  This new (and brief) film (1 minute, 28 seconds) is of a sonnet written in an LSW session by a young prisoner at HMP Brixton in answer to the question 'Why Shakespeare?'  I, myself, know of none better.  The performer is the truly magnificent Sir Ian McKellen.  I thought some here might enjoy it.  Certainly during challenging times the Bard has often offered great succour.    

 

https://vimeo.com/491400018

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4 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

This isn't dance - but it is about Shakespeare who certainly has influenced the ballet world.  Amongst the Royal Ballet's choreographic cohorts alone I can think of MacMillan, Ashton and Wheeldon - and so, so many dancers over time have spoken of what dancing in Shakespeare has meant to them.  This new (and brief) film (1 minute, 28 seconds) is of a sonnet written in an LSW session by a young prisoner at HMP Brixton in answer to the question 'Why Shakespeare?'  I, myself, know of none better.  The performer is the truly magnificent Sir Ian McKellen.  I thought some here might enjoy it.  Certainly during challenging times the Bard has often offered great succour.    

 

https://vimeo.com/491400018

 

Thanks for this! Accompanied by one of my favorite pieces of music. 

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This gave my heart a lift yesterday (before I was aware that we were moving from Tier 2 to Tier4 within 24 hours.)  My admiration for the work of Cathy Marston as a choreographer is no secret, but I had never seen her perform as a dancer till seeing this - "Drift," a dreamy improvisation amongst trees by the River Aare in Bern, where she has continued to live since relinquishing her post as Director of the Ballet Company there.  She announced it on Twitter yesterday as a personal response to these past months.

 

 

 

I am yet more smitten .......

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Thanks, Ian.

That's what can happen to you when you live in Switzerland.  😊

I've been there, half a year, for over thirty years.

I like this sort of thing very much, when a dancer relates directly to and interacts with nature's beauty.

Thanks also, John. This is quite charming among other nice things.
 

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Again not dance - (although this one does have Tchaikovsky) - but another piece of verse written by a prisoner in an LSW session.  It made me think that so many people (including myself) have been incarcerated during lockdowns, separated from their loved ones and mental health we're told has been impacted throughout.  It suddenly put a wider spin on the words here beautifully etched by Alfred Enoch.

 

https://vimeo.com/495573260 

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2 hours ago, Janite said:

 

Delighted to hear it - didn't quite manage to coincide with my birthday, then - EDIT: or even my birth month, as it turns out:

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJbKwzwnSD2/

 

What a lovely New Year pressie.  Many congrats to the proud parents - and wonder if she's named after Margot Fonteyn?

 

1 hour ago, FionaE said:

 

That really is very clever - thanks!

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