Tag Archives: Ballet dancer

word: danseuse


danseuse

Definition: (noun) A woman who is a ballet dancer.
Synonyms: ballerina
Usage: The painting depicted a beautiful danseuse putting on her ballet shoes while waiting in the wings of the theater. Discuss.

Kinesics


Kinesics

Kinesics is the study of nonverbal, systematic communication through bodily movements, such as gestures, posture, and facial expressions. The study was pioneered by Ray Birdwhistell, a ballet dancer turned anthropologist, who wrote Introduction to Kinesics in 1952. Borrowing from descriptive linguistics, he argued that non-verbal forms of language have a grammar that can be analyzed like spoken language. Why is a “kineme” in kinesics similar to a phoneme in linguistics? More… Discuss

Alicia Alonso


Alicia Alonso

Alonso is a Cuban prima ballerina and choreographer. She danced in Broadway musicals before becoming a soloist with several leading companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, in 1939. She is best known for her work in Giselle and in Agnes de Mille‘s Fall River Legend. Her own works include La Tinaja, Ensayos Sinfonicos, and Lidia, all created for her company, which Alonso has continued to direct despite being almost blind. What caused her failing vision? More… Discuss

Great Compositions/Performances: Agustín Barrios Mangoré – Confesión


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Agustín Barrios Mangoré – Confesión

Barrios himself plays a version of this composition, from the boxset “Agustin Barrios: The Complete Guitar Recordings, 1913-1942.” The elegant main theme of the piece suggested to me the human form somehow, and I decided to represent it and accompany it with various nudes, culled from both photography and painting, both men and women. Obviously this will be a bit NSFW.

The images are:
1) Sheila Metzner
2) Otto Greiner, “Nude Actor with a Mask,” 1896.
3) Bill Brandt, “Reclining Nude,” 1957.
4) Konstantin Somov, “The Lovers”
5) Wayne R. Lazorik
6) Jeffrey Catherine Jones
7) Unknown, Ballet Dancers
8) Unknown, the work of Studio P.C. around 1920

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Right Brain vs. Left Brain


Right Brain vs. Left Brain

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

According to this article, if you see the girl turning clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

(When I first look at it, I see the dancer turning clockwise, but after a few seconds, it flips to counterclockwise, go figure.)
I started by seeing the girl spinning clockwise (from left to right) and then anti clockwise: THis is a good exercise to keep your brain alert, and balanced: share it with your grandparents too!SpinningGirl

 

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