BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

In spite of my love of pencils and blank sheets of paper, I’m not a complete luddite and I’ve always embraced technology and the freedom that it offers….

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Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Ask Kyle Abraham how hip hop has influenced his choreography and a wry smile appears. That question again. “I wouldn’t regard myself as a hip-hop…

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Studying On-the-go

Studying On-the-go

I’ve written before about how my study plan has to as flexible as my work schedule. My full-time work in the orchestra has some really busy periods…

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Feng Shui for your word processor

Feng Shui for your word processor

I have a desk. Sometimes it’s tidy, sometimes it’s messy. But undoubtably I study better when it’s tidy. Some people can revel in chaotic surroundings,…

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In praise of hard graft

In praise of hard graft

I never watch reality television, but for the past few months I’ve been on the other side of the camera, taking part in a series…

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Chimæra

Chimæra

The Kinect for X-Box 360 has changed gaming by replacing dexterous thumbs with all-body movement. Its motion-sensing technology can also be increasingly found in theatres….

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The Cove

The Cove

Dance has always had a love-hate relationship with gravity. Ethnochoreologists will point to ritual dances that sought, not only to connect individuals with each other,…

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Dancing on the edge of vertigo

Dancing on the edge of vertigo

Climbing might be a sport and a pastime, but for some it is a purely aesthetic experience, bordering on the spiritual. For them, the goal…

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Codes

Codes

The dancing body and its interaction with digital technology has provided rich collaborative pickings and Dublin-based MIDASpaces are the latest group to investigate the interaction…

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Time Bomb

Time Bomb

Memories aren’t all that interesting in themselves. What makes them interesting is how they relate to the present day, how they imprint themselves on minds…

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Dogs

Dogs

“The moment of survival is a moment of power” is the paradoxical tagline to Dogs and it provides a neat encapsulation of the choreography’s revelation…

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Straight to DVD

Straight to DVD

Sometime in the past a critic bemoaned Ponydance’s “pointless group numbers”. He or she now gets pride of place in the opening video in Straight…

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