“Michelle Dorrance is a new kind of tapper. Classically, tap is a matter of a cool, contained upper body suspended over a huge clatter down below—a contrast that is supposed to be witty and, in a great or even good tapper, is. (“My feet are producing twenty taps a second, in alternating rhythms? Gee, I didn’t notice.”) Dorrance supplies plenty of action in the feet, but meanwhile the rest of the body is all over the place. Her elbows fly out; so do her knees, in great, lay-an-egg squats. She looks like a happy little tomboy vaulting around in a tree. Now and then, she’ll put on the mood-indigo, darkness-in-my-soul expression sometimes seen in tappers, or, alternatively, the Vegas-y let-me-entertain-you expression, but both of them fall off her face pretty fast, because she is fundamentally unaffected.”
The New Yorker Published: 12.05.16
“Instagram has taken a series of small steps to turn its once photo-driven service into a creative haven where artists tease new music, reveal album artwork, announce tour dates, and offer intimate behind-the-scenes glimpses.”
Fast Company Published: 12.01.16
The NAC Foundation has spent the past eight years raising capital for the fund, which now stands at more than $23-million. NAC president and CEO Peter Herrndorf said the fund is not meant to be a self-sustaining endowment. “We’ll invest $3-million a year for six or seven years, and if at the end of that period it is seen to have had an impact, we can fundraise from there … If it’s not a success, we’ll say, ‘This was an interesting way to approach it, maybe we’ll look for a different way.’ ”The main idea, Herrndorf said, is to put enough cash into the hands of artists to make an exponential difference in artistic outcomes. “We want to get as much of that money into artists’ hands as possible, as quickly as possible.”
The Globe and Mail (Canada) Published: 12.02.16
“Leaving aside, for the moment, the political realism of the request, the plan is a good one. In an increasingly scattered but ever more Internet-dependent and globalized media environment, the country needs a public producer, curator and distributor to craft a powerful Brand Canada across all platforms, offering not only news, public affairs and documentaries, but also fiction, variety and arts programming. It needs an iconic institution to nurture and lead the cultural industries, a rallying point for Canadian creativity.”
The Globe and Mail (Canada) Published: 12.03.16
“The sober fact is that the map depicting the location and service-area of the vast majority of cultural organizations looks a lot like the map of Clinton supporters. Museums, theaters, orchestras, dance companies, performing arts centers and music schools are concentrated in urban areas and the densest concentrations are in the most liberal cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Seattle.”
Brown Published: 12.02.16
“Student training ensembles are de rigueur among American orchestras, but the Detroit Community Orchestra extends the idea to adults. Several other major orchestras have started musical training programs for avocational musicians, but the DSO model of an ongoing chamber orchestra appears unique. The musicians rehearse weekly at the Max, conducted by two former high school music directors who work in the DSO’s community and learning department. DSO musicians also work on occasion with the new ensemble as coaches.”
Detroit Free Press Published: 12.04.16
“It turned out Keillor was scheduled to appear at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in less than 30 minutes. “Hotel and venue staff were searching for him, frantically,” Hallett wrote.”
The Star-Tribune (Mpls) Published: 12.03.16
Individuals owning parts of art work and museums owning the rest. “It is one of a growing number of creative partnerships — forms of philanthropy that go beyond straightforward gifts and bequests — that are blurring the line between public and private art, providing new opportunities and new challenges for public institutions.”
Financial Times Published: 12.03.16
“If we want the arts to save our world, we’ll have to make it happen with much less government, which means much more private-sector time and money. Which brings us back to the issue of volunteerism in the arts. Whereas volunteers used to be a good way to reduce costs and improve engagement, volunteers are about to become the life-blood of the sector.”
Clyde Fitch Report Published: 12.02.16
“I would argue that the key to diversity should be addressed at the very top: commercial theatre. It has a responsibility to showcase BAME performers in leading roles in order to show the merits of, and then to offer, diverse casting in mainstream productions.”
Clyde Fitch Report Published: 12.04.16
The report covers theatre across the board. It says “musical theatre has challenged the monoculture”, with successful productions such as Motown the Musical, “but the success of these shows has bred another problem. The failure of drama schools to take in enough BAME talent has led to a shortage of actors suitable for the roles and, as a result, touring productions have been cancelled”.
The Guardian (UK) Published: 12.01.16
Even though Strayed hasn’t written “Dear Sugar” for years, people still ask her questions – one in particular right now being focused on a certain president-elect. Strayed: “I don’t have a crystal ball. … I think sometimes people ask questions not because they even believe there’s an answer but because they want to be heard.”
The New Yorker Published: 12.05.16
No, not the “unlikeable” ones like Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” whose walk of shame partially redeems her, but the ones on dark comedies like “Fleabag” and “Transparent,” wherein the characters offer “a way of challenging audiences to confront their own biases against historically less sanctioned forms of female behavior.”
The Atlantic Published: 12.04.16
Riz Ahmed, one of the stars of “Rogue One,” says he’s reached a level he didn’t even consider. “The action figure is like an extra level you didn’t know was there.” But he still gets searched every time he flies – the last time he was searched twice, only to get on the plane and find his face on the cover of the in-flight magazine.
The Observer (UK) Published: 12.04.16
Erdogan’s Terrible Crackdown On Turkish Journalists And Teachers Has Mostly Left Novelists Untouched
In Turkey since the failed coup, thousands of academics, teachers and journalists have been jailed, and pro-Kurdish books have been pulped. But “only three authors are behind bars, none of them for their books.”
The New York Times Published: 12.04.16
“In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives.”
The Seattle Times (AP) Published: 12.04.16
Sudha Khandwani, Who Died In November, Was A Tireless Advocate And Catalyst For Indian Dance In North America
Khandwani was a trailblazer who founded the Toronto-based Kalanidhi Festival for South Asian contemporary dance. “She was rabid about people coming to new things, for them to broaden the horizons of their artistry. She was a pioneer, a city builder, a cultural catalyst.”
The Globe and Mail (Canada) Published: 12.04.16
The results show that the battle might be between “La-La Land” (which won the New York Film Critics Circle award) and “Moonlight,” though “Manchester By the Sea” was a runner up in many categories as well.
Yeah, no, not really. “Everyone knows about the big cases: the conviction and exile of Roman Polanski, the (denied and unproven) accusation of Woody Allen. But there is also a vast unacknowledged history of normalised abuse – virtually every female star and many male stars have endured a casting-couch assault, although the MO has of course been offscreen.”
The Guardian (UK) Published: 12.04.16
Now that all 19 of the director’s feature films are available for streaming on iTunes, here’s a survival guide to making it through the holidays with family, friends, and Almódovar.
Flavorwire Published: 12.02.16
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A Bricklayer’s Son Who Taught Himself To Dance By Imitating Michael Jackson Moves Just Won An Australian Ballet Prize
Callum Linnane didn’t have a contentious relationship with his dad, though: “It’s been a quick rise to public notice for the country boy, who began tap-dancing classes at the age of seven and started ballet classes when he was 11. His father reportedly learnt to love ballet and even made the sets for his performances as a child.”
The Australian Published:12.03.16
Issa Rae’s HBO show “Insecure” accomplishes something nothing else has: Showing the beautiful, complex tenderness of the Los Angeles that African Americans inhabit. “The city’s sprawl becomes a playground for both Insecure’s characters and its soundtrack’s artists, not a coincidence but an asset to the story itself.”
Thomas Ostermeier has returned again and again to plays that strip the nationalist far right of its masks and pretenses, and he and his theatre have been sued and threatened for it. Why does he do it? “Because, he says, he’s ‘interested in truth.'”
How Did Westworld – Which Cost More Than Many Movies And Halted Production In The Middle – Become A Huge HBO Hit?
The project was ambitious, with $100 million in start-up costs, and the producers had to shut down production to revamp, revise and rewrite, so everyone in the industry thought it would tank. But it seems likely that “Westworld will surpass True Detective’s season-one audience and end up with the biggest viewership of any HBO first-year series ever.”
Jonathan Valenta is a Christian tattoo artist whose life changed one day when Kim Kardashian’s younger sister, Kendall Jenner, got a white dot tattooed on a finger – and Instagrammed it.
The New York Times Published:12.03.16
Fidel Castro was sidelined from power a decade before he died – and artists were still repressed and controlled. But his death “does mark a tremendous psychological milestone.”
Los Angeles Times Published:12.02.16
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ArtsJournal Audience Published:12.04.16
Maybe. “If these two photographs are actually of Paul Gauguin, then they tell us a great deal about his state of mind and his social entourage during the summer of that year.”
The New York Times Published:12.02.16
Howard Sherman tracks down the actor playing “Mike Hot-Pence” – and raising money for Planned Parenthood – in Times Square: “I decided to have some fun with it and dress as ‘Sexy Mike Pence.’ Once I decided on jacket and tie for the top half and short shorts for the bottom half, the ‘Hot-Pence’ moniker popped into my head.”
Howard Sherman Published:12.04.16