The company’s board decided that proceeding with the fourth production of 2013-14, Britten’s Albert Herring, would risk “further financial strain.”
Archives for March 25, 2014
Tourists are grumbling, schoolteachers are lamenting, and members are choosing not to renew until construction is finished in 2016. The insane San Francisco real estate market means there’s no affordable temporary museum space in the city, so the art in in storage. What to do? Innovate, improvise, and partner.
“Being a trailblazer in both radio and the stage, Welles adapted many of his stage productions for the wireless. The Internet Archive has posted many of these recordings online, which you can listen to for free. The selection includes performances of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth and, of course, Julius Caesar, among others. In most cases, these recordings – along with a few set photos – are the only documents left of Welles’s groundbreaking productions.”
Rupal Patel and Tim Bunnell have been “developing algorithms that build voices for those unable to speak – without computer assistance. The voices aren’t just natural-sounding; they’re also unique. … [The premise is] that technology now allows us to think about the voice ‘just like we think about fonts for written text’.”
“Alaa Wardi’s wiggling eyebrows and bushy hair are as recognizable as the madcap backdrops to his YouTube videos” – which have gathered more than 36 million views. He does a cappella covers of popular songs; the most recent is “a silly version of Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ embellished with puppets, body percussion, and running commentary in the style of the minions from Despicable Me – only in Arabic.” (includes videos)
Up to 13 feet of water inundated the basements and ground floor of Westbeth, destroying both the art created and stored by many of the residents and the large studios where they created it. Now the (non-profit) landlord, to cover huge repair expenses, wants to rent those spaces to a commercial tenant.
Alastair Macaulay: “Mr. Taylor has said he hopes for revivals of works by the dead choreographers Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and José Limón … But the problems of reviving these pieces are immense, especially with casts used to dancing in a Taylor way. The issue of younger choreographers is something else, though.”
“We’re characters on a stage and portraying a role, so I don’t feel like there is any ideal image that you should have to have, as with actors and actresses. … In terms of body types in ballet, I think the field is becoming more open than it used to be because of the types of movement and choreography we’re doing that are calling us to be more athletic. We have to have muscles in order to support that, so I think that dancers are healthier looking now.”
Bringing People Together to Improve the Place They Love
AJBlog: Field Notes | Published 2014-03-26
What does it mean to be a ‘strategic’ arts manager?
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-03-26
The Many Faces of Spring
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-03-25
Dubai Ruler Orders Four New Museums
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-25
General director Ian Campbell: “We are not bankrupt, owe no money, and have no creditors we believe we cannot pay if people honor pledges they made … It is not an expense issue. It is a problem on the revenue side. Drops in both sales and contributions over several years now mean that we doubt we will be able to complete the next season.”
General director David Gockley: “Audience surveys made the point: People want to be wowed every time – with singers, conductors, productions, and we have to deliver or die. … So we have bet the ranch that the increased numbers of productions, the diversity of repertory, five new productions (including the massive epic of Les Troyens, which will stretch us to our limits) should recapture subscribers, fill the houses, and produce [additional] contributions.
“Ten years ago, the genre was a major source of intellectual energy on the right, and the site of a publishing boom, with conservative imprints popping up at industry giants like Random House and Penguin. But after a decade of disruption, uneven sales, and fierce competition, many leading figures in the conservative literati fear the market has devolved into an echo of cable news, where an overcrowded field of preachers feverishly contends for the attention of the same choir.”
“The concert I signed up for would showcase 100 people from around the world collaborating live in an electronic, computer-driven concert – like a massive group game of Guitar Hero … ‘Sure,’ I said. ‘What could go wrong?’ … If panic had a language, it would probably be very much like what transpired [in rehearsal] that day.”
The legislation put forth by 12 councilmembers aims to put in place “a permitting process providing for clear guidelines in distinguishing commercial speech from public art, describing required public input, and reviewing the effect on traffic safety,” because displays of public art “can become excessive.”
“The greatest things that happen in choreography are by accident. Sometimes it’s a dancer’s physical reaction to the last step that informs my brain and leads to the next one. Or how a group of dancers happens to stand together, or if they fall out of a lift, or accidentally try a different grip that creates a window of opportunity and gives direction to what should happen next.