Originally posted by Stuart Sweeney:
Interesting that you use the term "ballet" for this choreography, Maria. Is that in the sense that some of my German friends use it - that all performance dance can be described that way?
Nope, I do not use the term "ballet" for this video (see below for what I meant). This is just a music video for (Canadian?) MTV or something pop like that; certainly I wouldn't call this a ballet. BTW, this video was made in 1989, not 2004.
I just said that gesturalising was widespread in contemporary ballets, such as those by (indeed) Forsythe, Lock and even NDT's Paul Lightfoot. Have you even seen Lightfoot's Shutters Shut? It is a completely gesturalisation-based ballet.
Louise, post Salt/L3HS, has done a bunch of collaborations in Canada and has taught here and there. One of the main reasons she quit L3HS is because she had twins and, I guess, wanted to be a mother to her girls.
This is what she looks like nowadays:
BEFORE (or rather, during L3HS): http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/h12/f1/xx007332-v6.jpg
AFTER: http://thedancecurrent.com/photos/review_27_6.jpg http://www.cyberus.ca/~tengates/PHOTOS/Louise.gif http://www.cyberus.ca/~tengates/Lula.htm
As you can see, completely different from the Heavy Metal peroxide-burned dreadlocks-look she had in L3HS. Little wild girls grow up:-) I still think she has a very strong presence.