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Reply #24 - 12/07/13 at 02:10:34  

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Gravity

British/American film from 2013 that last 90 minutes


The film Gravity is a British/American drama/thriller from 2013, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity had a production budget of $100 million. Live elements were shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in the UK. Furthermore, it was created with stereo computer graphics (CG) and 3D.


Set in space, where there is zero gravity and sound, NASA performs repairs on the Hubble telescope. The Russians shoots down one of its spy satellites, but the project went wrong. Unfortunately, the wreckage (via a chain reaction), fall into the same orbit as the Hubble and the ISS. Commander Kowalski, played by George Clooney, and Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, must make drastic choices to have a chance to survive and get back to Earth. This will be difficult without gravity and oxygen, because debris hit Hubble every 90 minutes (one earth rotation).


I mention the movie here in this blog because it brings something new in to movies. This is not a science fiction movie, but more a drama set in the present space. All the technology in the film is well-known space technology. Moreover, further conveys a fun way how it is in space without gravity, oxygen, and sound. The astronauts are totally dependent on their spacesuits and communication via control rooms. Amidst this scenario, further conveys the humanity, and thanks to Sandra Bullock, including human error. This film should be nominated for AMPAS-award!


Will this be a new aerospace classic? Undecided
 
 
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Reply #23 - 10/28/13 at 22:45:10  

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London trip 2013


16th to 21 October

This fall it was time for another trip to London with the ballet gang. In this forum, which is about culture and films, I find it suitable to tell about the events – which also has been filmed (or broadcasted live).


Top Hat

17th October

The musical Top Hat is based on the movie of the same name from 1935, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. We saw the musical in Aldwych Theatre in London's West End. We were nine ballet friends who saw the show, and we all agree that this was a dance/stepping show in world class. Add the evergreen music, and you find a classic musical that we all recommend. Too bad it was taken off the Aldwych Theatre 26 October. Gavin Lee danced the role of Jerry Travers, and Kristen Beth Williams danced Dale Tremont.


Don Quixote

18th October

Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote was broadcast live to cinemas 16 October. Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez were dancing this evening. Two days later, we were 18 ballet enthusiasts who saw the same ballet. This evening Steve McRae danced as Basilio, and Akane Takada as Kitri. I assume that the men were most satisfied with the Royal Ballet this evening. Steve McRae had some amazing combinations - BRAVO! This is one of the best Don Quixote ever!


Romeo and Juliet

19th October

The next day the tour was going to Romeo and Juliet. Romeo was danced by Federico Bonelli, Julie of Lauren Cuthbertson. We were 18 ballet enthusiasts (?!) who saw the show. First we had a delicious dinner (lamb) at the Royal Opera House, and then it was time for the performance. In the break we had a delicious dessert. This evening it were the ladies evening. They were particularly pleased with the performance and this love drama of Shakespeare. And the ladies had a good reason for being satisfied, because there was some tremendous good pas de deux in this classical ballet.


No London trip without Shakespeare!
 
 
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Reply #22 - 10/01/13 at 02:02:55  

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In the World of Fokine


30th September 2013 (first performance was on 28 October 2013)


I have lately seen two outstanding performances in The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Le Grand Macabre and In the World of Fokine. The ballet fans (and the critics) are very happy with the National Ballet's interpretation In the World of Fokine. The Russian dancer and choreographer Michel Fokine (1880-1942) is considered the founder of modern ballet. This was Ingrid Lorentzen's ordeal as ballet boss, and she started this with no less than five world premieres of Fokine:

World premiere Refurbished choreography
Petrusjka Alan Lucien Øyen
Cygne Daniel Proietto
Daphnis et Chloé          Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Scheherazade Ina Christel Johannessen
Firebird Liam Scarlett


3 hours and 15 minutes with Fokine could be a long night! But it turned out to be a fantastic night thanks to the Opera Orchestra that gave a tremendous effort under Music Director John Helmer Fiore. Incredibly great music that alone gives full value for money. National Ballet was also outstanding and playful. It actually looks like they think it is fun to dance! The Cuban dancer Osiel Gouneo tonight was a really big surprise. He danced the Moor in Petrushka, and he is undoubtedly a world class dancer. I might say that Cygne, that showing the last moments of a swan lives, is my favourite among the three short ballets. Firebird was one of the best - at least among the two longest (Petrushka and Firebird). Liam Scarlett has been fascinated by people who must fight for their love. But all humans have good and bad sides, so she did not wanted to tell a story as a simple fable about good and evil. The result was strong, dark and successful.


The ordeal is passed!
 

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Reply #21 - 09/24/13 at 01:57:09  

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Le grand macabre at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet


23, September 2013


The opera Le grand macabre is György Ligeti's only opera. It is the first time it is put up in Norway, and at the same time, this is Per Boye Hansen's first performance as opera manager. The story, which depicts a society on the brink of apocalypse, makes fun of the human body and the fear of dying. While we wait for death (a comet is on its way), unclear moral and history becomes more and more complex. The mood swings from the humorous to the burlesque – from the grotesque to the lyrical. Both the music and the story challenges the audience's preconceived ideas of what theater should be.


The story of Le grand macabre is taken from Michel de Ghelderode's play of the same name. The actors and the orchestra were interoperable. Anyway, there are plenty scenography (human body) that takes a lot of attention with great scenic effects and the creative use of video. All in all this is a macabre and amusing opera!


Music: György Ligeti
Libretto: György Ligeti and Michael Meschke

Music director: John Helmer Fiore, conductor
Direction and concept: Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) and Valentina Carrasco

Scenography: Alfons Flores
Video: Franc Aleu
Lighting design: Peter van Praet

Contributors: Thor Inge Falch, Tone Kummervold, Amelie Alden Heim, Ketil Hugaas, Hege Høisæter, David Hansen et al
Opera Chorus and Opera Orchestra
 

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Reply #20 - 09/17/13 at 01:24:24  

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Havana Rakatan in Oslo Opera House


26th and 28th June 2013

As last summer, this year’s Summer at the Opera in Oslo was opened with spectacular dance. Last year it was the break/street dance group King Wings which battled against the Norwegian National Ballet. This summer it was the Cuban firework dance group Havana Rakatan that took the main stage at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet. Ballet Rakatan is considered to as one of the most talented dance groups from Cuba. The show, which is choreographed by Nilda Guerra, includes salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, cha-cha-cha and rumba. A live band managed to recreate the warmth and soul that Havana is so famous for. Ballet Rakatan has also danced in London's West End. The press wrote:


The Independent
- A stunning slice of Havana Life

Sunday Express
- The hottest, the coolest, the sexiest dancers in town. Irresistible!


I agree with the press!
 

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Reply #19 - 06/09/13 at 23:04:48  

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Sleeping Beauty at the Opera

The premiere the 6th June 2013


The Opera House in Oslo celebrates fifth birthday this year. On the white marble outdoor, it is exhibited pictures of the highlights of the five years that have passed. If you have any favourite, you can vote on those by SMS. Without being biased to the National Ballet, I found my favourites easily!


Indoor they showed the ballet Sleeping Beauty. This ballet is truly one of the great classics of the ballet repertory. Ever since its premiere in 1890 in St. Petersburg, this classic ballet accompanied by Tchaikovsky's music, captivated audiences worldwide. It is now in the Norwegian Opera's repertory again, with the Norwegian National Ballet and the superstar dancers Yoël Carreño and Yolanda Correa. The opening night more than fulfilled all of my expectations. It is worth mentioning that Natasha Jones and Philip Currell had its Sleeping Beauty debut on Saturday 8 June! They both got star-review. Other couples dancing are Miharu Maki and Gakuro Matsui as well as Chihiro Nomura and Dirk Weyershausen. Choreography: Marius Petipa, some elements of Cynthia Harvey and Janek Schergen.


In short: Sleeping Beauty is highly recommended for everything from novices to experts on ballet!
 

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Reply #18 - 02/25/13 at 00:31:39  

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85th Academy Awards


This year, the Norwegian feature film Kon-Tiki can get an Oscar for best foreign language film.


The following 15 films received multiple nominations:
  • 12 nominations: Lincoln
  • 11 nominations: Life of Pi
  • 8 nominations: Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook
  • 7 nominations: Argo
  • 5 nominations: Amour, Django Unchained, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty
  • 4 nominations: Anna Karenina and Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • 3 nominations: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Master
  • 2 nominations: Flight and Snow White and the Huntsman



The results of the 85 Oscars can be found here (LiavaagWiki).  Cool
 

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Reply #17 - 01/18/13 at 00:49:15  

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Les Misérables


Colosseum 14/1 2013 (Gala premiere) – Drama, Musical, Romance (157 min)



Finally, the famous musical Les Misérables has been filmed. Les Misérables was composed in 1980 by the French composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, and the text is a libretto by Alain Boublil. The musical is based on the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. In the 19th-century France, Jean Valjean has for decades been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert, after he breaks parole. He takes care of factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.


I saw this film at the gala premiere at the world’s largest THX cinema (Colosseum in Oslo). As expected, this was a great movie experience with hits like I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, A Heart Full of Love, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, Master of the House and On My Own. This is an Oscar favorite that I recommend everyone to see.

Casting
Hugh Jackman Jean Valjean
Russell Crowe Javert
Anne Hathaway Fantine
Amanda Seyfried Cosette
Sacha Baron Cohen Thénardier
Helena Bonham Carter Madame Thénardier
Eddie Redmayne Marius
Aaron Tveit Enjolras
Samantha Barks Éponine


Director: Tom Hooper

 
 
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Reply #16 - 09/29/12 at 01:32:47  

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Kon-Tiki


Colosseum 22/9 2012 - Drama from 2012 (1 hr 58 min)


Kon-Tiki is the most expensive Norwegian film ever made, with a budget of $ 16 million. People in post war were intrigued by the balsa raft Kon-Tiki, which crossed the Pacific. Thor Heyerdahl had trouble publishing his theories, which in brief was build upon the fact that natives from Polynesia followed the Ocean currents as well as the sunset to the west. Kon-Tiki was named after the Incas Sun-King. Immigration from Asia to Peru would be too heavy, because the Ocean current goes in opposite direction. The balsa raft sailed downstream toward the sunset for almost 8000 km. Kon-Tiki sailed from Peru on 28 April 1947 and stranded on a coral reef at Raroia in Polynesia August 7 of that year (101 days).


I love the drama in the film. It’s interesting to se the “true” story of how Thor Heyerdahl struggled to get published his theory in New York (Little Norway). The same with the drama and the group dynamics on the balsa raft Kon-Tiki as well as Heyerdahl’s marriage (which was the only thing that was wrecked in the film). Although the plot is well known, the film still manages to offer surprises. It surprises because of good editing which are miles ahead of films like Max Manus (2008). Kon-Tiki film from 1951 won Oscar for best documentary. It remains to be seen whether the Kon-Tiki 2012 wins an Oscar for best foreign film or drama.

Casting The «Kon-Tiki» crew
Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen Thor Heyerdahl
Anders Baasmo Christiansen Herman Watzinger
Odd Magnus Williamson Erik Hesselberg
Tobias Santelmann Knut Haugland
Jakob Oftebro Torstein Raaby
Gustaf Skarsgård Bengt Danielsson


Directors: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
 

 
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Reply #15 - 06/11/12 at 23:17:49  

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Cinderella


Main House / Oslo Opera House


Cinderella had season premiere 5th May 2012. I was watching the opening night, the rehearsal 4th May as well as 7th and 8th May – which I think is new personal record. Reason for this is that I like to see the different casts (and I was rather busy in May).

The performance is choreographed by Ben Stevenson, the man that offered the Chinese dancer Li Cunxin (Mao's last dancer) a six-week scholarship to America, and later a position with the Houston Ballet. Sergei Prokofiev wrote the symphonic masterpiece to this performance (Cinderella) that last approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet School danced to the music conducted by John Helmer Fiore and played by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra.

This classic fairytale ballet is about love, and good versus evil. Many have seen the classical animated film from Walt Disney (1950), and much of the fairytale story is used in Ben Stevenson's ballet version. Cinderella is plagued by her stepmother and her two daughters, but with help from her Fairy Godmother, she gets to the ball. Instead of the glass shoes, obviously, Cinderella uses very small Pointe shoes. The ballet version tells the story as classical ballet with comical episodes – sometimes too many – and magnificent costumes and scenography.

I also watched the performance 30th May, because I wanted to see Yolanda Correa and Joel Carreño just one more time. The problem was that tens of thousands screaming teenagers wanted a glimpse of Justin Bieber at the Opera's roof – the same day.
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Reply #14 - 02/29/12 at 00:30:43  

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The Artist won five Oscars



Among those were the Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Film. I watch this astonishing movie two days before the Oscar-night (opening night in Norway). It reminds us to protect our film heritage, and its Oscar wins were well-deserved.


Award Category Film
Best Picture The Artist
Actor in a Leading Role The Artist (Jean Dujardin)
Actress in a Leading Role The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep)
Actor in a Supporting Role Beginners (Christopher Plummer)
Actress in a Supporting Role The Help (Octavia Spencer)
Animated Feature Film Rango
Cinematography Hugo
Art Direction Hugo
Costume Design The Artist
Directing The Artist
Documentary Feature Undefeated
Documentary Short Saving Face
Film Editing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Foreign Language Film Iran, "A Separation"
Makeup The Iron Lady
Music (Original Score) The Artist
Music (Original Song) "Man or Muppet" from THE MUPPETS
Short Film (Animated) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Short Film (Live Action) The Shore
Sound Editing Hugo
Sound Mixing Hugo
Visual Effects Hugo
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) The Descendants
Writing (Original Screenplay) Midnight in Paris


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La Boheme at Ringen Cinema in Oslo

Saturday, February 4th

Again in this forum, we see that culture and film can be combined. On Saturday the Norwegian Opera & Ballet in joint venture with Cinemas across the country had rigged up for live event of Puccini’s La Boheme. The Cinemas in Norway are often sending live performance by satellite from Bolshoi, the Royal Ballet and the Met, but it is the very first time the Norwegian Opera do something like this.

And gosh the performance was successful. La Boheme was beautiful with stunning scenography. That Stefan Herheim is the director nearly promises that something is changed in the production. This performance was no exception. As an example: Syphilis is exchanged with cancer.

It is a Norwegian tradition to struggle with the sound, and this live event was neither any exception. Sometimes the sound fell out on the amplitudes, but it only lasted for maximum a second. I think that this is called clipping! Anyway, the clipping of the sound did not destroy the event. I really hope the Norwegian Opera & Ballet keep up the good work.

Do they need fundraising before next live performance?
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Bolsjoj live at Gimle


This topic is about culture and film events. So what do you think about events that literally are about both culture and films? For the first time in Norway, it’s now possible to see the famous ballets from the Bolsjoj theatre live. This autumn and next spring Oslo Cinemas are via satellite and HD digital projections equipment as well, transmitting Bolsjoj ballet live at the cinema Gimle in Oslo. They promise crystal clear surround sound, so I really look forward to watch those performances.


Place: Gimle (Oslo)
Performances:
  1. Bolsjoj ballet: Esmeralda
    Sunday 9 October 5 pm
  2. Bolsjoj ballet: Sleeping Beauty
    Sunday 20 November 4 pm
  3. Bolsjojballetten: The Nutcracker
    Sunday 18 December 4 pm
  4. Bolsjojballetten: Le Corsaire
    Sunday 11 March 4 pm
  5. Bolsjojballetten: The Bright Stream
    Sunday 29 April 5 pm
  6. Bolsjojballetten: Raymonda
    Sunday 24 June 5 pm
 
 
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

For the first time in more than twenty years, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has visited the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. Alvin Ailey is one of the world’s most respected companies and they literally gave a stunning performance tonight.

The repertoire for 22 June 2011:


  • Night Creature (1974)
    • Coreography: Alvin Ailey
    • Music: Duke Ellington
  • In/ Side (2008)
    • Coreography: Robert Battle
    • Music performed by: Nina Simone
  • Love Stories (2004)
    • Coreography: Judith Jamison med Robert Battle og Rennie Harris
    • Music: Stevie Wonder og Clarence Paul-Henry
  • Revelations (1960)
    • Coreography: Alvin Ailey
    • Music: Trad.
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And the Oscar went to…


Natalie Portman won the Oscar for best Actress in a Leading Role. As expected, Colin Firth won the Oscar for best Actor in a Leading Role. He held a wonderful speech for The King's Speech (2010), which took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.



Award Category Film
Best Picture The King's Speech
Actor in a Leading Role (The King's Speech)    Colin Firth
Actor in a Supporting Role (The Fighter)    Christian Bale
Actress in a Leading Role (Black Swan)    Natalie Portman
Actress in a Supporting Role (The Fighter)    Melissa Leo
Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3
Art Direction Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography Inception
Costume Design Alice in Wonderland
Directing The King's Speech
Documentary Feature Inside Job
Documentary Short Subject Strangers No More
Film Editing The Social Network
Foreign Language Film In a Better World
Makeup The Wolfman
Music (Original Score) The Social Network
Music (Original Song) Toy Story 3
Short Film (Animated) The Lost Thing
Short Film (Live Action) God of Love
Sound Editing Inception
Sound Mixing Inception
Visual Effects Inception
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) The Social Network
Writing (Original Screenplay) The King's Speech
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