Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant, Las Vegas

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The picture is from the Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant 2013 in Las Vegas, organised by the Phoenix Satellite TV. For more pictures, please visit the TV channel’s facebook website.

The choreography of the pageant included one dance section that alluded to early 20th century modernist interests in geometric form, and one that consisted of contemporary interpretations of the traditions of American country & western and line dancing.

Executive Director & Producer: Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen.

Choreographer: Dr. Johan Stjernholm.

Location: The Palazzo / The Venetian, Las Vegas.

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Ballet Wu Tian Yuan live performance pictures

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Pictures of Guest Principal Artist Sisi Qiu from the live performance of Ballet Wu Tian Yuan in Beijing on 16 June 2013. On the top picture, Qiu is supported by dancer Alan Foster.

Choreography: Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen and Dr. Johan Stjernholm.

Costume design: Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen.

Collaboration with Collectives and Curiosities: Mixed Media (LSO Soundhub)

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The Mixed Media LSO Soundhub collaboration between Dr. Johan Stjernholm and the composers of the Collectives and Curiosities was finally performed on 21st June 2013 at the London Symphony Orchestra’s home stage, LSO St. Luke’s.

For more information, including videos and images, on this large-scale event and the people involved, please visit the webpage of Collectives and Curiosities at collectivesandcuriosities.wordpress.com.

The Ballet Wu Tian Yuan premiere!

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The Ballet Wu Tian Yuan is a new dance company under the artistic directorship of Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen and Dr. Johan Stjernholm. The press and premiere performances were held on 30-31 March 2013 in the Music Theatre of Xiao Ke, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China.

The programme, entitled Coincidences, consisted of new choreographic work by Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen and Dr. Johan Stjernholm. Costume design: Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen.

Company members (clockwise from left on the above photo): Chantal Han, Wendy Chen, Alan Foster, Deirdre Fu, Yuki Zhang, Johan Stjernholm, Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, and Esther Ho. Summer Hua is also dancing in the company, but not included in the photo.

The press coverage of the premiere include articles in Elle China, L’Officiel China, Arts from Nature, and Yoka.

Interrelations: Improvisations on quantum physics

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The short video Interrelations is an edited collection of a series of improvisations made by Katja Vaghi and Dr. Johan Stjernholm, juxtaposed with additional footage by Dr. Nicola Venturi.

The content of the work is perhaps somewhat ambiguous. The work explicitly states that it is about how certain abstract, scientific concepts may be understood in mundane, sensory terms. However, this may or may not be a valid interpretation. The work may equally be seen as addressing the difficulty, or vanity, in trying to to define a unitary starting point for a choreographic process. Or it could be about something entirely different?

The work could just as well have been named ‘Coincidences’, drawing attention to the question of how concepts such as ‘meaning’ or ‘sense’ appear in our world? Does meaning exist as an inherent feature of the universe, or is meaning the product of skilful storytelling, constructed through a selective and partial editing of phenomena according to the principle of causality?

The above question can take additional philosophical pathways: Is that which we call a coincidence governed by fate, or an entirely subjective interpretation of chance-based events? Moreover, what about the structuralist linguistic tradition versus the arguments of the post-structuralists? Is meaning eternally deferred? How relevant are the concepts of ‘differance’ and ‘deconstruction’ in everyday life?