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All too often just a relative few get to experience the inspiration of our unique artists. Arts companies are limited in how many times they can perform the same piece over their seasons, and audience viewing is restricted to theatre capacities and locations. Budget restraints do not generally allow a dance company to produce commercial quality videos of repertoire. Being and Nothingness (Part 1) is an ideal piece to be viewed on video, with its delicate movement and subtle nuances. By filming this amazing collaboration of two great artists, we will be able to give access to the work to anyone, anywhere, through the universal medium of ITunes and Vimeo. In addition, it is our hope that the film will be viewed in Film Festivals around the world.The Project
A 7.20 min dance film of the 2013 creation Being and Nothingness (Part 1), set on Prima Ballerina Greta Hodgkinson and choreographed by Guillaume Côté (National Ballet of Canada Premiere Toronto Nov 22, 2013). Being and Nothingness is a reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy. Using the mesmeric repetitions of Philip Glass (Metamorphosis four), and a variety of subtly deployed choreographic strategies, Côté explores the shifting moments of consciousness that shape the nature of human identity constructed against the horizon of non-being.
demonstrates her astonishing flexibility and emotional range as her character
anxiously uncoils, twists and contorts her body beneath a suspended bare light
Elle Canada, November 2013
"Hodgkinson is a brilliant mover. Her fluid body negotiates through the
staccato limb thrusts and intricate hand gestures with ease and precision, all
caught in the web of Glass’s repetitive music."
Globe and Mail, November 2013
"Hodgkinson is brilliant in this piece. She is able to push the boundaries of
her movements and experiment in the moment, which is only possible because of
the level of mastery she has achieved in manipulating her body."
Danceview times, November 2013
The Dancer - Greta Hodgkinson
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at The National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers.
As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada. Ms. Hodgkinson was invited to tour Japan dancing Swan Lake with K-Ballet, partnered by Tetsuya Kumakawa. She also performed at The World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, with frequent partner Roberto Bolle.
Her film credits include collaboration with director Moze Mossanen in the title role in the film Roxana, as Margot Fonteyn in the Bravo! TV docudrama, Nureyev, CBC’s Romeos and Juliets and The Rings of Saturn. She also appeared in the title role in The Firebird, The Four Seasons (starring in Summer), and A Dancer’s Story-50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada (dancing The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux). Ms. Hodgkinson performed Giselle in Emerging Pictures’ film, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”, a ballet gala filmed and presented in over 200 cinemas throughout North America.
Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse award and has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island. One of the highest honours to be given by the state, the Citations are in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States.
The Choreographer - Guillaume Côté
Guillaume Côté is a native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 being promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. Mr Côté has danced most of the major classical roles with the National Ballet of Canada and has been the leading male figure of the company. In 2013, Mr. Côté was appointed Choreographic Associate.
As an International guest artist he has danced with the major companies including Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet, and has appeared in numerous Galas around the world. Mr. Côté is also an accomplished choreographer, musician and composer.
Since 2011 he has choreographed a number of significant works including No. 24 which won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition in 2011 and entered the National Ballet’s repertoire in 2013. In 2012, his work Enkeli won the Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. That same year, his work for ProArteDanza, Fractals: a pattern of chaos, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography.
In 2012, Mr. Côté choreographed and starred in the short film Lost in Motion which was presented at Toronto’s International Film Festival. The sequel, Lost in Motion II, was released in 2013 and was featured at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City in 2014. In 2013, Being and Nothingness (Part 1) entered The National ballet of Canada's repertoire and the full program will make its World Premiere as part of the 2014/15 Season. In April 2014, Mr. Côté was commissioned by Canada’s National Arts Centre to create a new work entitled Body of Work for the Governor General Awards and he will debut his first full-length ballet, Le Petit Prince, during the National Ballet’s 2015/16 season.
The Director – Alejandro Alvarez
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alejandro Álvarez trained as a script writer and director with Pedro Loeb, the acclaimed writer of the Oscar nominated film “Felicidades”.
Alejandro's latest film "Disportrait" on choreographer Nacho Duato was awarded the prestigious Czech Film Television Award and Grand Prix in 2014 and was most recently nominated for the Danish equivalent of an Oscar, the Robert Award. Alejandro has also written/directed two short films, “Deep Sleep” (2010) which won Best International Short at the London Independent Film Festival and had a total of 32 Official Selections in international film festivals and “Le Trac” (2007) which was personally selected by Edward James Olmos for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
Prior to his career in film Alejandro was a Guest Artist with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt and a Principal Dancer with Compañía Nacional de Danza under the direction of Nacho Duato.
Risks and challenges
The video is being produced by an incredible group that does this professionally. We're committed to completing the project in a timely fashion. To deliver the piece, we have teamed up with Crystal Ballet, a company based in the UK committed to bringing a new perspective to the traditional art form by producing online high quality dance content.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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