The Liberian dancing devils assume the role of bush devils, spirits that originate from the spiritual world of the ‘Poro’, or ‘bush’. The communities they belong to have long been a part of the culture of certain ethnic groups that constitute present-day Liberia. In the Poro context, the dancing devils are not regarded as evil— they have the ability to inflict punishment on individuals, though this is only used to bring order to society. The devils used to dance only at traditional festivals, though with the arrival of the freed and freeborn American settlers in the 1800s, they brought their dance to imported Christian holiday celebrations such as Christmas. Despite the devils’ ability to adapt, the christian Americans became the ruling class and pushed these unorthodox traditional customs to the underground. Continue reading »
Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi, have designed a modular coat hanger that is inspired by the classical dance of the Waltz. Taking note of the lightness of the steps of the ballroom dance and the rotations the dancers make, the designers made the modular piece curve, and appear to dance on the wall. Continue reading »
The “Dancing With Costica” series began when photographer Jane Long decided to brush up on her retouching skills. After finding the Costica Acsinte Archive on Flickr, she became fascinated with the images and their subjects, wanting to bring them to life and give them a story. Costica Acsinte was a Romanian war photographer who, after discharge, opened a studio in Slobozia, Romania. Around 5,000 of his glass plates were purchased by the Ialomita County Museum and in 2013, Cezar Popescu started to digitize them. (Photo by Costica Acsinte Archive/Jane Long) Continue reading »
Pole dancers in Mexico have taken to the streets to celebrate their sport and show others the skills involved. The Pole Dance National Day celebration saw pole dancers gather in parks, outdoor gyms and on streets, using street lamps, sign posts and other objects to put on displays across Mexico City. Pole dancing, or Pole Fitness, is becoming an increasingly popular sport in Mexico, with many people seeing it as a means to improve their strength and fitness. The Urban Dance Pole day has now been running for four years and it aims to take away the sleazy stigma often attached to pole dancing.
A woman performs a pole dancing routine on a lamp post during the national day celebration of “Urban Pole” dance at a park in Mexico City June 8, 2014. (Photo by Tomas Bravo/Reuters)
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Those pictures were taken on December 17, 2013 shows a pole dancers practising after it snowed in Tianjin during a promotional event by members of China’s national pole dancing team and students of the sport. (Photos by AFP Photo) Continue reading »
TP-Link showed off a massive robot, which greeted people and demonstrated its dancing skills briefly before being packed off by its handlers. (IBTimes) Continue reading »
Film producer Mike Kaplan has been an avid collector of posters of movie musicals for years. As an exhibition of his favourites goes on display in New York, he offers a guide to the cream of his collection.
Three Audrey Hepburns in a black leotard, Fred Astaire with straw hat and cane, all dancing within four adjoining circles, plus a full colour Hepburn portrait, keep this Belgian poster for the delicious Funny Face in motion. Style in the movies was never better achieved than in Stanley Donen’s toast to romance and fashion. Continue reading »
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