the Clown Conservatory Dance Blog

The Experience and Perception of Time
October 29, 2008, 4:29 am
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Click on Dali’s painting to link to article. I’d like to read your comments about how these ideas relate to your work.


Falling with Style
September 23, 2008, 5:44 am
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June 2, 1985

”I aim to speak the language of humanity, not the dialect of a folk.” The founding mothers of modern dance in America were prone to making such pronouncements and this statement, typically, came from the mother of them all, Isadora Duncan. Just as typically and in the same interview with The San Francisco Examiner in 1917, Isadora felt compelled to declare where her ”center of inspiration” lay. As the reporter indicated, she placed her hand on her breast and then on her brow. For Isadora, the source of movement was in the solar plexus. Later, in the 1930’s, the phrase ”fall and recovery” would be identified with the movement principles of Doris Humphrey just as ”contraction and release” would be identified with Martha Graham.

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Here are a few more wonderful examples of falling with style.

The first one is from a great friend and artist Elizabeth Streb. Now, the “don’t try this at home” warning really applies here!

If you want to know more about Elizabeth’s work visit her web site:

Next is Shen Wei. You may recognize some of his work from the Olympic’s opening ceremony. Shen Wei did the choreography for the calligraphy section (among others).

Shen Wei can be found at:

The last example is from Rennie Harris. Rennie is a fantastic hip hop choreographer from Philadelphia.

Check out his web site:

David “Elsewhere” Bernal
September 9, 2008, 4:08 am
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David “Elsewhere” Bernal (born August 2, 1979) is an illusionary dancer from Santa Ana, California. He became known through a viral video clip (Often titled Kolla2001) of himself dancing to Kraftwerk‘s song Expo 2000[1] recorded at the Korean-American talent show Kollaboration in 2001.

The clip showcased Bernal’s characteristic take on the contemporary dance styles of popping and abstract waving. Performances of these dances were rare at the time, and the clip became very popular when it circulated on the internet — so popular that in November 2006 the viral marketing company, The Viral Factory, collated page-impression figures from websites such as YouTube and Google Videos. They determined that, as of November 2006, this video had been viewed over 200 million times, making it the 8th most viewed video.Click here to read more about David

So you think you can dance?
September 9, 2008, 3:56 am
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So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network in the U.S. and Japan, on CTV and MuchMusic in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland, on Network Ten in Australia, on AXN in India, on MBC 4 in the Middle East, on TVN in Poland, on MNET Series in South Africa and on KTN in Kenya.

o You Think You Can Dance holds auditions in major cities across the U.S., looking for the top dancers in each city. All types of dance backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Salsa, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, contemporary, jazz, ballet and many other types of dancers can be seen auditioning for a chance to win the grand prize—which, in the past, has included a new Hybrid SUV, $100,000 in cash, and a dancing role in Celine Dion‘s Las Vegas show—of US$250,000 and the title of “America’s favorite dancer.” In its four seasons, the winners have been Nick Lazzarini, Benji Schwimmer, Sabra Johnson and Joshua Allen

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Click to watch Jamie and Hok!

Whirling Dervishes
February 15, 2008, 12:34 pm
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The Mevlevi, or “The Whirling Dervishes”, believe in performing their dhikr in the form of a “dance” and music ceremony called the sema.

The Sema represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to “Perfect.” Turning towards the truth, the follower grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives at the “Perfect.” He then returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation.

The sema was practiced in the semahane (ritual hall) according to a precisely prescribed symbolic ritual with the dervished whirling in a circle around their sheikh, who is the only one circling around his axis. The dervishes wear a white gown (symbol of death), a wide black cloak (hirka) (symbol of the grave) and a high brown cap (kûlah), symbol of the tombstone. (read more)

Turning every which way
February 15, 2008, 8:58 am
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(Ivan Flipz Velez can do it)

Bodymass in motion
February 15, 2008, 6:24 am
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(watch Steve Paxton)

When an apple fell on his head, Newton was inspired to describe the three laws of motion, that carry his name. … In his attempt to be objective, Newton overlooked the question of how it feels to be the apple. When we put our bodymass in motion, we raise above the law of gravity and go towards the swinging, circulating attraction of the centrifugal force. Dancers ride upon, and play with these forces. – Steve Paxton (1987)