NEW YORK, January 18, 2011
TenduTV has launched the ballet world into 2011 with the release of the first-ever concert dance performances on iTunes. The critically acclaimed programs Entity from Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and the Hans Van Manen Festival from Dutch National Ballet are now available for download to own and rent on iTunes in the United States and Canada. Also available is the award-winning documentary 40 Years of One Night Stands: The Story of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
High definition rentals of Entity and Hans Van Manen Festival are priced at at $4.99 ($5.99 Canada). Standard definition downloads of both titles, as well as the documentary 40 Years of One Night Stands are priced at $14.99 to buy ($19.99 Canada) and $3.99 ($4.99 Canada) to rent.
"For the first time, audiences can access great choreography as easily as they can any other form of art or entertainment," said TenduTV Founder and General Manager, Marc Kirschner. "These releases are an important step forward for the field of concert dance, and we're proud to be collaborating with two of the most innovative dance companies in the world in Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Dutch National Ballet."
Wayne McGregor, the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor|Random Dance added, "We're thrilled to be collaborating with TenduTV and we appreciate their ambition to distribute cutting edge dance to the wider community."
Adrienne Liron and Jeff Tudor of 3 Minutes West, (co-producers with the Dutch National Ballet of the Hans van Manen Festival) added, "we are delighted and proud that our program is one of the first to be made available on iTunes. Thanks to the initiative of TenduTV, the wonderful performances of dancers from around the world will now be more accessible."
All three titles will be released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the coming months, as well as on other US-based platforms.
ABOUT WAYNE MCGREGOR, CBE
Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London; Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet (appointed 2006) and the government's first Youth Dance Champion (appointed 2008); in 2004 McGregor was a Research Fellow at the Experimental Psychology department of Cambridge University.
McGregor is a frequent creator of new work for La Scala, Milan, Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet and English National Ballet; as well as movement director for theatre and film (including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). His upcoming productions include a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet (summer 2011) and a new full-length work for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (November 2010, Sadler's Wells).
McGregor was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year honours list.
ABOUT WAYNE MCGREGOR|RANDOM DANCE
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance was founded in 1992 and became the instrument upon which McGregor evolved his drastically fast and articulate choreographic style. The company became a byword for its radical approach to new technology and incorporating animation, digital film, 3D architecture, electronic sound and virtual dancers into the live choreography. In Nemesis (2002), dancers duelled with prosthetic steel arm extensions to a soundtrack incorporating mobile phone conversations; in AtaXia (2004), McGregor's fellowship with the Experimental Psychology department of Cambridge University fuelled the choreography; in Entity (2008), choreographic agents are imagined to a soundscape created by Coldplay collaborator Jon Hopkins and Joby Talbot (Chroma); and in FAR (17-20 November, 2010), cutting edge design is fused with choreography made from a radical cognitive research process.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is Resident Company of Sadler's Wells, London.
ABOUT HANS VAN MANEN
Hans van Manen is an internationally renowned Dutch choreographer whose ballets are performed by companies all over the world. He has won numerous awards including the Benois de la Danse Lifetime Achievement Award and the prestigious Deutsche Tanzpreis (German Dance Prize) for his contribution to the German dance world. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Van Manen has created over 120 ballets and has worked with many of the great names of the dance world, including Anthony Dowell, Marcia Haydée, Natalia Makarova en Rudolf Nureyev. His ballets are currently performed by around 50 companies, including Stuttgart Ballett, Bavarian State Ballet (Munich), Berlin Opera, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Kirov Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza and Alvin Ailey. The former artistic director of Netherlands Dance Theatre, van Manen is currently resident choreographer at Dutch National Ballet. The clear structure and refined simplicity of van Manen's work have earned him the nickname `the Mondriaan of dance'. Alongside his choreography, he is also an acclaimed photographer whose work is exhibited all over the world.
ABOUT THE HANS VAN MANEN FESTIVAL
To commemorate van Manen's 75th birthday, Dutch National Ballet staged a `Hans van Manen Festival' featuring international guest artists from companies such as the Kirov Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett (Munich) and Netherlands Dance Theater. They joined the stars of Dutch National Ballet at the Music Theater in Amsterdam to celebrate van Manen's work.
Dutch National Ballet - Adagio Hammerklavier, one of van Manen's best-known and most `classical' ballets featuring 3 couples.
Netherlands Dance Theater - Simple Things, a moving ballet about the conflict between the sexes, danced by two men and two women.
Uliana Lopatkina and Ivan Kozlov (Kirov Ballet) - Trois Gnossiennes, an intensely emotional pas de deux in three movements.
Lucia Lacarra and Bavarian State Ballet (Munich) - Five Tangos, one of van Manen's most popular ballets, set to the music of Astor Piazzolla, performed live by tango orchestra Sextetto Cayengue.
Each ballet is preceded by a brief `behind the scenes' introduction.
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