Playing with themes of physical and linear movement, filmmakers spent the day at the Boston Ballet’s Studio 7 to capture these art-meets-athleticism behind the scenes. The chopped up and stretched out result is amazing.
Imagine a place where the word “sky” doesn’t conjure the color blue but an ashy grey. No, such a place isn’t in another planet or the set of a dystopian sci-fi film. That place is present-day China, a country now living and breathing the harsh effects of dogged industrialization. In northern China, the heavy use of coal coupled with the ever-increasing population has led to an alarmingly extreme case of air pollution. It’s so extreme, in fact, that a person’s life expectancy in northern China is a full five years shorter than someone residing in southern China. As the size of the middle class continues to balloon, there is an insatiable need for cheap and easy energy. Quickly turning to oil and gasoline for fuel and coal for heat, the Chinese love affair with fossil fuels has plunged an astounding amount of people into an atmosphere ripe with danger.
Two and a half years after Japan was dragged through the fatal throes of a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown, displacement and loss are still sadly common themes among Japanese survivors. Despite the evacuation of over 160,000 citizens, though, enterprise has returned in the form of a dilapidated vending machine.