If You Aren't Already Hyped for Akram Khan's Final Solo, Check Out These Videos
It might not have a U.S. tour on the books (yet), but we have to admit that we're getting exceptionally excited for Akram Khan's Xenos to premiere.
Partially, this has to do with circumstance: It's to be Khan's final full-length solo, which in and of itself is both hype-worthy and devastating. Partially, it has to do with the subject matter: Khan will portray a shell-shocked colonial soldier trapped in the trenches of World War I, one of many Indian sepoy whose stories have largely been forgotten. (The 14–18 NOW project commemorating the war's centenary commissioned the work, which will open its fifth and final season in London this May.)
And partially, it's because of the tantalizing digital journal documenting the process.
The video series, filmed and edited by Maxime Dos, is being updated once a week in the run up to the work's February premiere in Athens. Individually, the short films are gorgeous, each documenting a different stage of the process; taken together, as they are presented on the Xenos microsite, the glimpses into the work's creation are nothing short of mesmerizing. It's almost like watching a bonafide dance film be put together, piece by piece.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?