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Eric Lartigau and Louane Emera attend...
Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and French actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Qalandiya Festival: Celebrating Pales...
West Bank
By adrian
08 Oct 2014

October 2014,
West Bank, Palestine

The second 'Qalandiya International' contemporary arts biennial drew to a close on Thursday 13 November after nearly a month of exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences and film screenings. Held in cities across 'Historic Palestine', the festival brought together more than 100 Palestinian and international artists to respond to issues relating to Palestinian life, politics and history. Over recent years, various Palestinian contemporary artists have been the recipients of major international awards. Amongst others, Emily Jacir won the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennial and Mona Hattoum was awarded the Prize Joan Miro in Barcelona in 2011. Earlier, critically acclaimed Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman had won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film festival. Despite the ever-growing international profile of Palestinian contemporary arts, Qalandiya International is one of the first attempts to launch a regular contemporary arts festival within Palestine itself. Taking place amidst ongoing violence in Jerusalem and following soon after the killing of more than 2000 Palestinians over the summer in Gaza, it was unsure at one stage whether the festival should go ahead as planned. Yet organisers decided to push ahead in the spirit of 'sumoud' (steadfastness), and to some people these artistic interventions continued to demonstrate the significant role that Palestinian art and culture has played in the context of resistance since the days of Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish and Naji al-Ali.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 01
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The Circus Bidone was born in France in 1976. Maintained by Francois Bidone, until today is the last itinerant circus that still moves with horses and carriages in the Berry area. The crew is formed by 7 carriages, 8 horses, one mule, one donkey, 8 artists, one responsible, one monkey, one henhouse and Francois Bidone.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 02
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The story about Francois Bidone is based on an itinerant life began in May '68 in France. His hands gave birth to the first carriage and then the next five. Francois is responsible with Benedicte about the whole organization: from the construction of new structures to the show at the choice of artists. Currently there are over forty years that Bidone Circus is in operation.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 03
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Laura is an italian artist of the theater circus. She is traveling with the circus from 4 years. She moved permanently to France and with Freddi, is the only girl in the company.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 04
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Nico and Freddo try the instruments during a break. Guitar and Fisarmonica accompany the circus troupe during moments of work and stall.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 05
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Laura is an aereal dancer. During the show she does two aerial performance with a tissue and with the hoop. Every day she has to fix the "verghe", the structure where they hung the tools available for her number.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 06
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

In moments of telage, great part of the equipment is disassembled and ready for departure, the artists eat fast food all together before going back to work.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 07
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Toma, french guy, is on road with Bidon’s Circus for a year. He mainly deals with parks horses and keeps responsibility throughout torunee. He has a wild personality and brings much cheerfulness in to the company.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 08
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

During the summer tornee rarely reprove parts of the show, called "returns". During some afternoon hours Francois follows the company giving advice about improving some numbers.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 09
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The Barrique is a carriage built by Francois for his son and is currently occupied by Freddo, musician of the company. When he has some free time he’s playing or practicing juggling with clubs, another of his passion.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 10
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The oldest carriage circus called La Vielle and is currently occupied by Laura and Pippo, couple both on stage and in personal life. Carriages are small and contain everything needed to an itinerant life; from clothes for the show to life memories.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 11
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

During the breaks Laura exercising with Fisarmonica, her great passion. She would like in the future to integrate it into one of her numbers. During the winter period she’s always looking for new job opportunities.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 12
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Pippo is a juggler and musician and he’s for more years at work with the circus Bidone. He’s always available when there is work. Pippo is very caring and responabile to the whole structure of the circus.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 13
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Coco is the clown of the company. Lives in the carriage Clarabelle, the only one built by a midget and not by Francois. Very young he’s the first year of employment with the circus. He’s quiet and peaceful person during daily life but becomes an excellent clown during the show.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 14
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Once the circus is located inside the municipal areas the show are programmed each day. The duration of a show is two hours. Artists must follow strictly the lineup and can not change the numbers.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 15
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Davelle is a Spanish guy on the first year of employment with the circus Bidone. He is represented as a juggler and as a clown. He knows how to mix the two techniques making fun and magical numbers.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 16
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Spaces used for backstage change depending on different locations. Sometimes the company can rely on wide spaces and sometimes they must be adapted. The carriages are used like a fifth stage.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 18
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Laura gets ready for the scene of Marionette while Toma waiting to prepare the horses. Carriage are very important in the show being the only ones available for costume changes.

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Roadside with Cirque Bidon 19
Noyer-sur-cher, Frace
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Marcelo is the handyman of the company, one who helps and manages the technical parts. Here, through an umbrella, help Laura to switch between carriage without being seen by the audience.He’s alongside circus from 7 years.

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
03 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria, Beirut and China who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Matias Nordal Carlsen
02 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria and Beirut who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
12 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey . 12th Sep, 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Gulsun Karamustafa's work is shown in SALT Gallery. © Claudia Wiens

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Flip Flop Recycling
Mombassa, Kenya
By Ruud Elmendorp
29 May 2013

A Kenyan company based in Nairobi is recycling flip flops left on the beach in Mombosa and turning them into art and household beauties. This cultivation of used flip flops is helping in cleaning the beaches around the area and providing jobs for a lot of nationals.

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A Swiss Tattoo Artist in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Apr 2013

A Swiss tattoo artist explains why tattoo is important for him in the 3rd International Tattoo Convention held in Kathmandu.

The convention that was held from April 26 to 28 showcased 70 national and international tattoo artists.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy

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Eris Nezha, first ballet dancer of Te...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Albanian ballet first dancer Eris Nezha, of Teatro La Scala of Milano

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy with he life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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FEATURING INDIA; CONTEMPORARY EGYPTIA...
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Oct 2012

Kashmir Valley celebrates tourism week with the mesmerizing Shikara festival held at the world famous Lake Dal. Hundreds of boaters took part by giving tours on the lake where the tourism department gave live performances of traditional Kashmiri songs.

Based in the Chitrkoot district of Utter Pradesh, one of the most underdeveloped places in India, a creative small-town tribal woman named Meera launched a local paper "Khabar Laheriya" (Wave News) which began as a way for women to address sexual violence, gender issues and education.

Voodoo Doll: An interpretive dance piece performed at Contemporary Dance Night in Egypt.

Thousands of Jordanians gathered in front of Al Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman to call for electoral reform after Friday prayer on October 5, 2012.

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Burlesque
London, England
By Carsten Snejbjerg
08 May 2012

World of burlesque
Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.
Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era. "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century.

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2012 TriBeCa Film Festival - Premiere...
New York, USA
By Genesis Broadcasting Network (TTM-TV1)
21 Apr 2012

Exclusive Interview with Alina Orlova and Sunsay, major Russian and CIS media stars featured in the documentary 'Russian Winter', premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York

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African Film Festival
Egypt,luxor
By Sara Abd Alaziz
21 Feb 2012

Among documentary footage image of a documentary for the African Film Festival in its first session in Luxor

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Mighty Jambo Circus
Nairobi, Kenya
By Huxta
27 Jan 2012

Mighty Jambo Circus Academy in Githurai is a professional acrobatic training program for teens and youth from Nairobi’s informal settlements. From 5:30 to 18:30, they practice handstands, juggle, and perform acrobatic acts on the trapeze, unicycle and tight rope. Via Mighty Jambo’s outreach program, the students teach workshops with kids in Githurai and perform at local schools. Githurai slum is a busy residential and market area 12km from central Nairobi, yet half of the population (of about 320,000) lives below the poverty line. Residents face problems such as a lack of adequate housing, water shortages, sanitation and waste removal issues. Many families cannot afford to pay school fees for their children. Mighty Jambo provides an alternative space for kids and youth to engage in art and sports and learn a lucrative trade .
Since 2012, when I began following the students, their stories have diverged. Milkah Wanjai, Said Mwinyi, Dorcas Nyambura, Rita Njoki and Magdaline Njeri went to perform in Europe on a 4-month contract and are now working as performers in Nairobi. Winnie and Doris decided to end their training and pursue other educational programs. Edwin Moi Mutesia, by far one of the strongest acrobats, with an electric stage presence, was struck and killed by a minibus in Nairobi in May 2013, a few weeks before he was due to leave to perform in Europe.