Posts Tagged ‘youtube’

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Acrobatics and Adama

June 8, 2012

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On Thursday, May 24, Dance Jerusalem rode to Mizpe Ramon
to the middle of Israel’s Negev Desert to visit Hangar Adama.

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From my journal:

We had found ourselves in the desert, with the freedom to take whichever classes we wanted … Acrobalance abounded, and though muscular in nature, a heavy emphasis was put on trust … We slept collectively in one of the studios, but many other convention goers slept in tents under the stars … Everyone was friendly and willing to share knowledge, or a nice back massage … Balance, balance, acrobalance, balance … Muscles, joints, quiet…

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Israeli College Student Day 2012

June 4, 2012

Something I’ve really come to appreciate about the Jewish cultural Middle East is their celebration of a generous amount of holidays. Many of the ones that stop the city of Jerusalem in its tracks are described in sacred texts. Others, like Yom HaStudent (יום הסטודנט), or Israeli College Student Day, are simply widely observed mental health days.

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Batsheva Ensemble: Tabula Rasa / Lost Cause

June 1, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, Dance Jerusalem went to the Jerusalem Theater to see a performance by the Batsheva Ensemble. The program included Ohad Naharin’s Tabula Rasa (1986) and Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Lost Cause (2010).

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My Experience as Told by Natalie Portman

May 20, 2012

Does anyone remember the time we saw Natalie Portman at The Joyce Theater when we went to see Batsheva Dance Comapny perform Project 5? She was just hanging out with Ohad Naharin. No big. It’s funny how small the world is, or how small you can make it seem when you make funny connections.

Anyway, Natalie Portman knows exactly how I feel here in Jerusalem when I’m battling my own perceptions of physical and conceptual reality, in terms of moving the body (especially in Gaga class) and approaching choreography (especially in Melanie’s class). It’s about breaking habits and releasing yourself from mental and physical (and emotional?) atrophy.

Please enjoy Portman’s perfect portrayal of my plight:

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list-o-mania

May 11, 2012

 

The practice of list making makes me feel organized, yet a little crazy. Some might consider it a form of procrastination in itself, but I honestly don’t think that the busy month of May could at all be manageable if I didn’t write it all down on paper to see in front of me.

Without boring you all with the details, I am currently concerned with the following:

  • writing professional and personal emails
  • returning to a normal, busy dance class schedule
  • reviewing choreography for the Ensemble, finals, and student choreography
  • organizing the programs for Visiting Voices
  • ironing out the details for some small trips to Tel Aviv
  • attending interview this week for a potential short internship
  • planning my last rehearsal before Visiting Voices
  • searching for a good dance party to celebrate Kyle’s birthday
  • keeping myself well fed, well rested, and well hydrated
  • oh, and doing my homework

I would also like to blog more because there are so many amazing things to talk about. In short, this is an amazingly trying time because I really only have a month and a half left here. Though I’m very much looking forward to return, there are no words to describe how much I’ll miss Israel. But I’ll save the mushy, more poetic stuff for later posts.

As for now, I have a long list of things to do tonight and tomorrow if I want to get next week started right. Shabbat Shalom, everyone!

 

קרלו – Carlo

P.S. If you forgot just how punny I am, please enjoy this song:

 

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Hebrew Update: YouTube Videos

April 20, 2012

In Hebrew class, we sometimes use YouTube as a audio-visual aid. I’ve included here two of my favorites. If you can’t understand Hebrew, listen to the rhythm and sounds of the language. It’s really quite beautiful, in my opinion.

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It’s the end of Fall semester.

February 1, 2012

Last night’s performance of the Academy Ensemble’s projects was great. I’m eager to see where our work will go in the coming months. I know it’s late, but here’s some rehearsal footage I found on the Academy website.

 

 

This performance and this week marks the end of the Fall semester, finally! I look forward to the following this month:

  • doing some local tourism and perhaps some hiking
  • attending a Gaga/ Batsheva repertory workshop at the Academy
  • continuing Ensemble rehearsals
  • rehearsing my own choreography
  • beginning Hebrew classes
  • running…

 

I hope I can keep this break relaxed, yet productive!