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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Day in the Life : David Sharp empowers artists to handle their finances


Do you have issues with money?
I do.

I may have dedicated my life to dance and the movement arts but, in spite of that, somewhere along the way a small part of me bought into the idea that Dance is not a "real" profession and that, as an "Artist," financial security will be forever out of my reach. While I may know very little about financial health, one thing I do know: As long as you believe something is impossible, it is.

Well then, time to get over it and put that part of life in order. New Year's resolutions and all that! But… How, exactly? In spite of all good intentions and that gust of New Year optimism, I draw a blank here.

Enter (stage left) -- the Money Hero!

Last October, Money magazine awarded David Maurice Sharp with this spiffy, spandex-sounding award for the work he is doing educating artists about financial investments. Oxymoron? According to Sharp, not at all. He makes it sound feasible and even simple--simple enough that I've already started shifting my thinking and my habits… TO READ THE ARTICLE




Workshop: Foundations of Yoga

Sunday, January 25 2015
11h-13h30, 50€
YogaYoga Paris
6 passage de la Vierge
Paris 75005 (M° Ecole Militaire)

Open to all levels, we will move through a physical practice of postures (asanas), working with breath, alignment and concentration to create stability, strength and ease in our practice. We will also identify and begin to bring into our practice the ethical and philosophical foundations passed down to us through the ages. These include an introduction to the yamas and niyamas (the "do's and don'ts" of Yoga), dharma (right path) and karma (cause and affect), among other essential concepts and practices that apply both on and off the mat.


To register, please contact Ann Moradian at 06 89 70 23 58 or moradian.perspectives(@)gmail.com

Friday, December 26, 2014

IMPRESSIONS FROM FRANCE: Xavier Le Roy's "Sans Titre"

at Théâtre de la Cité International, Paris
as part of the Festival d'Automne
December 8-13, 2014

Xavier Le Roy has not made his new work Sans Titre for us, the audience. He has made it for himself, for the sheer pleasure he gets out of seeing how we respond as he breaks theatrical conventions and protocols. He does not seem to be interested in anything about his work except our reaction. In this regard, as a scientist conducting an experiment, he is very sincere… MORE


Photo © Jamie North.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

IMPRESSIONS FROM FRANCE - House of Hermès

Dance, Art, and a Fashion House Collaborate
"New Settings" presented in Paris at
Théâtre de la Cité internationale
November 3-15, 2014


“A business generating nothing but profits is poor indeed.” - Pierre Alexis Dumas, President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

I went to see each of the five works that were funded this year by the Hermès Foundation's "New Settings" program. This program supports performance projects that bring visual and performing artists together in what we in the US would refer to as “a collaboration.” The aim is to expose these artists to new skills, to “spark a dialogue between their creative processes” and enable new forms to emerge. The criterion is excellence.

It is an interesting bit of not entirely useless information that the word “collaboration” is colored here in France with strongly negative memories of Nazi ‘cooperation’ during WWII. In all of the written material on New Settings there is not one reference to artistic collaboration, and yet, from a US-based English language perspective, this is what New Settings is all about: coming together as a team with diverse skills to explore and create new works and new forms… MORE (to read the article on New Settings, click here)



















I was astonished by the beauty of the feather saddle that was in the showroom window when I went in to interview Catherine Tsekenis, the Director of the fashion house's foundation.

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), 40€
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/