Photo © 2009. Nannette Bertschy & Ann Moradian.

looking at the world and challenging our assumptions, definitions and creation of it through the lense of the body, movement, the arts and science.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Movement Journey

You are invited on a Movement Journey with Ann Moradian. Incorporating elements from yoga, dance, the martial arts and improvisation, we'll release old patterns, habits and ideas and meet and embrace the new.



10 January 2015, 14h-16h
Paris Yoga Shala (M° George V), 45€
9 rue Magellan, 75008 Paris
Registration requested, but drop-ins welcome.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Moving into Autumn

Ann Moradian is a series of photos by Alex Vanagas.
Moving into Autumn

Struck. Photo © Alex Vanagas.


Part of the Web. Photo © Alex Vanagas.


Calling the Sun. Photo © Alex Vanagas.


Monday, September 15, 2014

THE LIFE OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

A Reflection on:
The Art of Dale Chihuly in the Denver Botanic Gardens
June 14 - November 30, 2014

THE LIFE OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS
© Text and photos by Ann Moradian. All rights reserved.



Strolling through the Denver Botanic Gardens in August at noon might not always be the best idea. The sun can be brutal and unforgiving. It often feels like the desert begins in your own back yard. But this year Colorado had rain, and I think we hit the gardens in the midst of the most glorious week possible. Everything was a-bloom and a-blossom.

Not even to mention the Chihuly Exhibit! A riot of blown glass of all colors poking out, weaving through, nesting, preening, sprouting, flaring, pulsing…








… shimmering. By the time we turned the first corner on the path, everyone we met was beaming with delight. You couldn't help but smile at the beauty and the whimsy.







We passed alongside proper corridors of cut grass, with large classical vases gushing little white flowers. Strange red and yellow lily pads floated on a dark pool of water, partly hiding the reflection of a towering nest of opaque pink glass.

There were crowds of people, but they seemed to disappear in the silent cacophony of flowers and leaves and sunlight. Just a gentle breeze now and then wafting through, with an occasional burst of laughter or chatter -- more like the sound of birds than people.






I found myself marveling at the fine artistry at work almost everywhere -- the color combinations, the embrace of each garden as we weaved through the shifting life and landscapes -- even our pathways.

The Japanese Garden is the only place that felt a bit staid (unlike Portland's Japanese Garden, which is the best I have seen so far in the US). But Chihuly went to work here as well, with dozens of floating pods reflecting quietly on the water's surface. Variations in blue that deepen and lighten according to the shifting sky.




I was fascinated, again and again, by the reflections. This was multiplied tenfold by Chihuly's installations: the interplay of the art with the garden, the flowers, the terrain, the color of the sky and the light bouncing off of or seeping into the glass, the shadows caressing or looming over the layers below...






...and above all (or below all) the images cast on and through the water. It was a feast for the soul, as the eyes tried to take in everything all at once: the most obvious and tangible first, then surface reflections and shadows… then the layer beneath the water… The wind would ripple across the water, and everything came alive in its own strange dance.

We came upon "Monet's Garden", a masterpiece of sky and water, glass and plant life. I can imagine sitting here days on end, simply watching the surface of the water change with the shifting sky.




The Greek myth says that Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water, but for the first time I wonder if it might have been the sky floating by behind that entranced him so. As a new picture forms moment by moment, the flowers reach up to kiss the sky.




I have never seen this "Monet's Garden" before, but I can't imagine it without Chihuly's sumptuous green creations. Amidst his long blue tongues of glass (that move upward like storks) and purple rods (shooting skyward like pussy willows), it looks as if the roots of the infinite variety of lily pads are just within your reach.






As the sky darkened up, ready for the next release of the thunderheads, we ambled out. Still bubbling with color and light and life.




And to think -- we didn't even see it at night with the lights on!


--
Ann Moradian


For more information on the exhibit and the artist:
http://chihuly.denver.org/about-chihuly/

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Voices and Visions of Dance: 300 Presenters, 37 Countries

A Week in the Life of Ann Moradian, for the Dance Enthusiast:

"The World Dance Alliance 2014 Global Summit in Angers, France, succeeded in its aim to create a supportive space for sharing research and creative work. It was a stimulating, inspiring and outright exhausting week, with over 300 presenters from 37 different countries sharing their voices and visions of dance with one another..." 
(read the full article)

World Dance Alliance Global Summit

at the Centre nationale de la danse

Angers, France
July 6-11, 2014


Monday, June 2, 2014

WORKSHOP: Physical Theatre

PHYSICAL THEATRE EXPLORATION
Monday, June 9, 2014 from 12h00-18h00 (20€ one-time offer!)

Colum Morgan and Ann Moradian are joining forces to bring their experience of body, being, theatre and voice together to deepen and explore embodied theatre. This first workshop is for actors and movers with performance experience. We welcome your joining us in this exploration!

Contact Ann Moradian at perspectivesinmotion(at)gmail.com


Brune Bazin, Maja Beeler, Lionel Rondeau and Jennifer Ferrari
in Ann Moradian's MEDUSA: The Birth of a Monster.
Photo (c) Alex Vanagas.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reflection: Bill Viola Retrospective at the Grand Palais

Grand Palais, Galeries nationales
through July 21, 2014
Paris

"Time
Cutting through the edges of water
Pulsing in slow motion
Reality dreams
the un-pondered possible"

(© Ann Moradian, April 2014)






Photo sequence by Geraldine Mignani (Thank you Geraldine!)

This exhibit is the largest retrospective ever dedicated to Bill Viola's Video Art. It can be seen here in Paris at the Grand Palais through July 21, 2014. This is also the first time in the history of the Grand Palais that video has been given exclusive place on the museum's walls. After seeing Viola's work, you will understand why. It is not 'Dance' in any traditional sense of the word, and yet his use of movement, relationships, the body and emotions is strong and clear, flowing as easily into the genre of Movement Video as it does into the genre of Moving Art. (I suppose I view everything that moves through the lens of dance.) A leading figure in New Media Arts, his interest is, Viola says, "beneath they body, and beyond."

Go if you can! It is an experience.


http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/bill-viola