Back in Frankfurt, I’ve finally overcome my jet lag. Last night we went to the ballet to see “Impressing the Czar” choreographed by William Forsythe in 1988 and now re-introduced under his guidance. It was performed by the Royal Ballet of Flanders, marking the first time this piece was done by another ensemble.
The last part of Czar has the whole troupe dancing in school girl uniforms to repetitive beats and cymbals. Thoughts of Britney Spears came to my mind, with all the male dancers basically being in Britney hit-me-baby-one-more-time drag.
In case you have to get tickets, go to the box office 10 minutes prior to the show and buy your last minute seats. It’s on for 3 more days only.
Saw “Hail the New Puritan” by Charles Atlas (who was in attendance and did a Q&A) last week. He also did the Leigh Bowery documentary.
Hail is a fantasy documentary about a day in the life of Michael Clark and friends, shot in 1985. I especially enjoyed the parts of the movie where variations of a scene repeated itself and also where wild cuts intersected the narrative. There is a little bit of both in the opening scene below.
I have always thought that it is genius to fall down on the floor while dancing. Like an accident, stumble, fall, but quickly stand up, just to fall down again. In the middle of the dance floor, just to laugh about it. I did it a couple of times last Saturday, just that no one was dancing anymore.
The videos below are on a different level. Falling down never looked better.
Vogue Femme at the Philly Awards Ball two weeks ago (via):
Of course, I’m partial to the harlequin costumes.
The following clip of Tandi Iman Dupree has been all over the interwebs, but I thought it is a good fit. Still one of the best entrances and the exit is to the floor. From the Miss Black America pageant 2001: