the sun herald

Where do you start? / Which part of you do you preserve / first? Imagine your shoes are filled / with tomorrow, but you’re trying to wade through / yesterday. Imagine yesterday / is made of sand / and tomorrow is made / of flood. / Imagine there is no sun, / just the promise of one. Every day / you get up thinking, “But this / is where they said it would / be, where the sun would herald / a right to live among the living / again. This is where I find / morning, renewal, tomorrow / that isn’t made of night.” / If everything is made / of night then how do we ever / get to call it a new day?
—  Tara Hardy, from My, My, My, My, My; “Fatigue”

phibixm  asked:

I have a question! More of a ponderance, but: I'm wondering how well-received and/or in which circles it would be well-received if dancers did romantic same-sex duets. Does that happen? Are there any famous ones I could watch on youtube? Women or men

Hi there!

I have known and worked with many LGBT dancers, but as far as I know, ballets featuring same sex relationships are a minority, even though they are usually positively received: from my experience, dancers are starving for novelty and challenges and they appreciate a break from the traditional modes of ballet, so even a break from the heteronormative. Same sex pas de deux have always been common, but they seldom implied anything romantic or sexual, contrary to male-female pas de deux. While ballet has remained attached to heteronormativity, contemporary and modern dance has been more progressive.

If I am not mistaken, there should be a pas de deux in Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas in which two male dancers are romantically involved with each other. The whole ballet is actually a statement about gender roles, for example Morris (a man) danced both in the role of Dido and a Sorceress and played along with gender in many other works of him, he is also quite the character. 

Dido and Aeneas is actually a very interesting piece of contemporary dance, almost a danced opera, and it’s incredibly remarkable if you think that it was created in 1989

I’ve found a good article about it, you can read it here while here’s an interview with Morris. Here you can also take a look at Mark Morri’s Dance Group’s official page on Dido and Aeneas while here are some other interviews with the dancers.

Sadly I couldn’t find the whole ballet online but there are a few extracts on youtube if you search for them, like this one (which I think could be from the original 1989 representation, but don’t quote me on that).

The male duet in Lubovitch’s Concerto 622 (1986) is also often quoted when talking about gay representation in dance. Susan Broili from The Herald Sun wrote about it that:

“the duet conveys a caring, loving relationship between two men and communicates a deep sadness as they face the loss of that relationship… Lubovitch created the dance during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s in New York as his response to the courage and love that people showed as they dealt with the disease… But the duet transcends time and place because it captures a commitment between two people that runs deep and does not falter in the face of devastating circumstances.” 

You can read more about it here and click here to watch the complete duet.

There are other same sex relationships in Proust ou Les Intermittences du Coeur by Roland Petit (2007). In a scene called Le combat des anges”, the devil seduces an angel and they become lovers, while a big chunk of the ballet follows the love story of Monsieur de Charlus and his beloved Morel, a young violinist who keeps betraying him.

More recently, gay choreographer Joshua Beamish has featured and explored same sex relationships in his ballet burrow which is a partially autobiographic love story between two men. You can read more about the project here but sadly I couldn’t find any video of it, just a few photos like the one below.

I’m sure there are other examples, most of Morris’ works actually involve same sex duets and so do a few of Balanchine’s ballets. As you can see, though, these are all relationships involving men. 

The only thing resembling a relationship between women that I could find is that in Les Biches (a ballet from 1923) but I’m not sure if you could refer to it as a real relationship: the ballet is about erotic pleasure and the two women also have liaisons with the other men in it and are never displayed as if they were in an actual relationship with each other: they are just playing around. The truth is that pas de deux between women are rarer and also that modern choreographers tend to focus more on men than women, maybe because women have been the stars of classical ballet for a long time and now choreographers want to explore the possibilities of male dance too. 

I hope this post has been somehow helpful anyway, please let me know if you need anything more specific.

Script Ballerina


“It’s not ‘more-so’ me.”  
16 April 2012   xx


Times David Mentioned Gillian For No Reason/”Gillian and I”/”We”

“We were running around doing crazy stuff and it didn’t really feel like The X-Files to me so much, but then when I started to work with Gillian it sunk in,” Duchovny says.

Anderson says: “We’d seen each other in between and we did a week of rehearsals in LA before David started, so we got an opportunity to gauge where we were at. Fortunately, that dynamic was still alive, so that when we started shooting again, it showed up when we showed up.”

Duchovny laughs and says: “We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.”

on set of IWTB, Herald Sun (Australia), May 2008

Our short story this time is Brock, by Tanya Huff.

No, not that Brock.  No pokemon are involved here.  …Though Brock does have a dog called Rock so I can see how you might be confused.

No, this Brock is a guy who I think has Downs Syndrome?  Something like that.  He’s got mental development problems at the very least.  And he thinks he’s a Herald, much to the aggravation of the local villagers as well as the consternation of one of the actual visiting Heralds.  Herald Jors’ feelings about the whole situation aren’t helped by the fact that the Companions are perfectly willing to have him around (Jors’ Companion even asks early on if they can take him with them.  Actually that brings up something I might want to speculate about later…) and even help the none-to-bright Brock with arguing the semantics of the situation when Jors tries to tell him he isn’t a Herald, including the fact that Brock was, at the time, riding on a Companion even if it belonged to a different Herald.

While there isn’t much in the way of high stakes peril in this story, it was still a very enjoyable story.  I like the ones that are just about Heralds making life a bit better for people, and that’s what this one is.  And the story makes it perfectly clear that the only reason Brock hasn’t been Chosen is that he lacks the mental capacity for the job.  The Companions are perfectly willing to accept him as one otherwise as “:He thinks he’s a Herald.  And he acts accordingly.:”  So yeah, good story all around.

“We were running around doing crazy stuff and it didn’t really feel like The X-Files to me so much, but then when I started to work with Gillian it sunk in,” Duchovny says.

Anderson says: “We’d seen each other in between and we did a week of rehearsals in LA before David started, so we got an opportunity to gauge where we were at. Fortunately, that dynamic was still alive, so that when we started shooting again, it showed up when we showed up.”

Duchovny laughs and says: “We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.”

on set of IWTB, Herald Sun (Australia), May 2008

Why I Write

Oki! (Hello)

When I was in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Quite frankly I was mostly just scared of failing so I never really “tried”. I was just a girl from a rez. All I knew was that I wanted to be involved with the media industry in some way. It intrigued me because it was and still is constantly evolving. 

This past October, I got the opportunity of a lifetime.. Well for me, anyway! I got an interview to work for my reserve’s media outlet. Three weeks later, I got the call that I got the job. Immediately, I thought “shit, I can’t do this!” This was my first reaction because I’m not one to finish what I start. Also, I get scared of failing so I get discouraged easily. The job description included: 10 newspaper articles per month, 10 hours of radio per week, three photos per article (plus 10+ photos for the rest of the paper), advertising, graphic design, editing, videography, and interviews. I was expected to take over the newspaper, radio station, and media services for an entire reserve. Canada’s second largest reservation… On my first day I got a tour of the office and the radio board was like braille to me, there’s no way I can learn this and figure out what it means. And let me touch on the fact that I’m the ONLY person doing all of this. Yes, I only have 2 other co-workers. Our boss/editor and the office administration. I’ve had about 67728 “I’m not cut out for this shit” moments since i’ve started. Yet, I’m still here. Let me explain why:

I took everything gradually. The first two months I focused solely on photography and writing, because that already came easy to me. Then I hit the ground crawling with the radio content and I’ll be honest, I’m still not perfect at it; but I’ll get where I want to be. Next I’ll be focusing on videos so I can do news casts, live on location updates, interviews, short docs, etc. And good news: I have since been upgraded to full time this past April! I haven’t been fired yet! With a population of +7,000, I underestimated how many people I’m actually reaching. Not to mention the surrounding areas of my reserve, which include all of Southern Alberta. So again, why am I still here? 

Growing up, I was a jingle dress dancer. I have always been proud of my culture and where I’m from. I’m 100% Blackfoot and I’ve never shied away from that. Outside media tends to paint a negative depiction of First Nations reservations, or natives in general. Drugs, alcohol, abuse, violence, homelessness, these topics are often used when major outlets cover first nations stories. And to top it all off: when these are broadcasted, social media trolls have a field day in the comments section. Yes these unfortunate things happen to First Nations, I’ve already had to write a few articles on them. However, that’s not all we are. We’re not all high school dropouts, drug addicts, panhandlers, drunks on the streets, dealers, prostitutes, etc…

Just like EVERY community out there, these things exist. It just takes a small number to make the rest of us look bad. How many city kids have ever been to a reservation? I highly doubt a lot have been. Yet, most of them only see a Native in person if one is homeless or drunk downtown asking for change. That’s the only impression of Natives that some non-natives get. 

Also, our issues are more offered to the general public because reserves are much smaller, so when violence, drugs, or controversy or whatever happen it’s a huge thing, thus causing outside media to swoop in and report on it. Let me give you a personal example: My first HUGE coverage was the Castle Mountain Land Claim settlement. Basically, Canada took a piece of our land away and we have never been compensated for it. That land is nestled between Lake Louise and Banff. So I’m live on location in Siksika and a guy from the Calgary Sun and the Calgary Herald calls me and just strikes up a conversation with me. I told him not to quote anything from our conversation, but what does he do? He misconstrues my words and basically wrote that I said we’re selling our land. I died, I thought for sure I was fired. Thankfully my boss was behind me throughout the mess and the fallout. But after, I learned that the big boys in the city will do anything for a controversial story, especially if it involves Natives. However I’m not bitter, I just learned the hard way that that’s how some journalists work. Now, the reason I write? Why am I still in this stressful, underpaid position?

I want to counteract the negativity. I want to help the departments on my nation. I want to shed light on issues that need awareness. I want to celebrate nation members who are doing positive things for the community. I want to continue running a radio station and newspaper, and hopefully it’ll develop into something bigger. Possibly add a magazine, podcasts, apps, photo studio, the list goes on. I want to continue dreaming and thinking outside the box, because it is all possible.

I love my job! I love all that I do. Will it be as stressful forever? No, because I’m still learning, and it’ll honestly take me about a year or so to “settle” and get into the regular grind and routine. Am I a perfect writer/ interviewer/ radio host/ photographer/ videographer/ editor? Definitely not. But I know I am determined to get to where I want to be.

I’m still here because this is what I’ve wanted forever. And what you want won’t come easily at all. You have to fight for it and that’s what makes it worth it. I don’t want to be a radio star or a native Oprah, I simply want to share stories to help others. I am happy to say that at 24 years old, I finally know my career and purpose.

King Richard III Heraldic Horse Harness Pendant, found east of Bosworth field, England, 15th century

 A cast bronze harness pendant and suspender-bar; the pendant quatrefoil in plan with high-relief motifs of a boar’s head, a crescent above and a radiant star below, all three badges of King Richard III; the suspension bar triangular in section with knop finials and collars, pierced in two places, hinge below.

From an old North Country collection; found east of Bosworth field in the 1980s. The harness pendant formed part of the heraldic display of the king’s entourage as they took to the field, attached to the trappings of the horses. The boar’s head was the badge of the Plantagenet kings and featured on the coinage of Edward V and Richard III. Richard III also used the devices of the crescent and the sun, which feature on the pendant above and below the boar’s head motif.

split interviews

So I decided to be a bit thorough here and essentially compiled a list of every split interview/appearance done by the boys since (and excluding) the X Factor tv show. I’ve divided it into pairings and ot3s and tallied them up at the end to get an idea of just how much Louis and Harry aren’t being grouped together. Ever. Fun times… let’s do this.

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