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To really innovate, grow, learn, and progress, one must take risks and therefore consider failure as a legitimate option. But, as Jean Case said, "FAIL FAST, FAIL FORWARD."


Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet during rehearsals, c. 1950


Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet during rehearsals, c. 1950

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Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.

NPR’s Louisa Lim explores those events, the forgotten deaths and the Chinese government’s rewriting of the official narrative in a new book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia. Her story includes an investigation into a forgotten crackdown in the southwestern city of Chengdu — which, to this day, has never been reported.

Tang Deying holds her determination in the stubborn set of her jaw. This diminutive, disheveled, elderly woman shuffling into the room in her pink plastic flip-flops is one of the few living links to the crackdown in Chengdu during the summer of 1989.

When martial law troops opened fire on civilians in Beijing on June 4, 1989, the violence was beamed immediately into living rooms around the world. Yet it has taken a quarter-century for details to emerge of the deadly events in Chengdu that cost Tang’s 17-year-old son his life.

For 25 years, a single aim has driven Tang’s existence: seeking restitution and accountability for the death of her son, Zhou Guocong, who was fatally beaten in police custody after disappearing in the 1989 Chengdu crackdown.

"Right is right. Wrong is wrong," she told me firmly

See the rest of the story here.

Images courtesy Louisa Lim and Kim Nygaard

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O Sveta
Sweet swanprecious 5eva
Nevah bettah


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Literally I would like to be Sveta just to do this

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Would Edward Watson have fallen sleep on you, Sveta? Would Ivan Vasiliev have fallen asleep on you? Possibly I THINK NOT.

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Happy International Dance day everyone! :D

The Cloud & Victory crew.

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We just realised we are probably one more .gif set away from mocking this entire production of Swan Lake. THE END IS NEAR.

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ahahahah how did I never reblog this before?

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