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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
En pointe! | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

From calluses to burnt shoes, the elegance of ballet is built from the ground up

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Setapa | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Absorb the infectious rhythms of Setapa – a joyous dance from southern Africa

7 minutes

The six sides of Merce Cunningham | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Technology, philosophy, randomness – how Merce Cunningham pushed dance to its limits

7 minutes

Skin hunger | Aeon
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Wellbeing

A unique theatre performance explores what touch means in an age of lockdown

17 minutes

Acoustic naturalism | Aeon
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Architecture

Acoustic naturalism

Our movies and offices are engineered to sound natural based on what rang false in the theatres of 18th-century Paris

Joseph L Clarke

Kabuki: the classic theatre of Japan | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Close-up on kabuki – the colourful ‘pure entertainment’ of Japan’s Edo period

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Uproar | Aeon
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Music

The formidable female rumba group shaking up Cuba’s conservative music scene

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Phantasia | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Phantasia

Imagination is a powerful tool, a sixth sense, a weapon. We must be careful how we use it, in life as on stage or screen

Paul Giamatti & Stephen T Asma

To the core | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

To the core

A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same

Julia F Christensen

Celui qui tombe (He who falls) | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Dancers tumble in and out of love as the ground spins beneath their feet

6 minutes

3D-printing coral reefs | Aeon
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Future of technology

Ceramic coral reefs and sawdust houses – the architects 3D-printing the future from scratch

4 minutes

How dancing helps me think, and thinking helps me dance | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

How dancing helps me think, and thinking helps me dance

Glory M Liu

For Nietzsche, life’s ultimate question was: ‘Does it dance?’ | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

For Nietzsche, life’s ultimate question was: ‘Does it dance?’

Kimerer LaMothe

Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role | Aeon
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Neuroscience

Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role

Christian Jarrett

The pandemonium of modern celebrity began in 19th-century theatre | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

The pandemonium of modern celebrity began in 19th-century theatre

Sharon Marcus

The dancing species: how moving together in time helps make us human | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

The dancing species: how moving together in time helps make us human

Kimerer LaMothe

How ballerinas defy the corporeal in a quest for the ethereal | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

How ballerinas defy the corporeal in a quest for the ethereal

Olivia Campbell

Pas de deux | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Classical ballet transforms into a dance of the surreal in this duet from 1968

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Is acting hazardous? On the risks of immersing oneself in a role | Aeon
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Personality

Is acting hazardous? On the risks of immersing oneself in a role

Samuel Kampa

Mexican handcraft masters: face of the devil | Aeon
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Rituals and celebrations

Dance with the devil: the colourful Mexican art form that summons demons

6 minutes

Outside in Beijing | Aeon
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Sports and games

Human capital: art, exercise and industry in the streets of Beijing

16 minutes

ORIGINALDance, dance evolution | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Dance seems to be the ultimate frivolity. How did it become a human necessity?

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You gotta believe | Aeon
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Gender

Goddesses of antiquity offer Moses a path away from patriarchy – via funk and soul

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Ama | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Deep, free, elemental: a dance to celebrate women, in the world’s deepest diving pool

6 minutes