ArtsJournal Classic

AJ Four Ways:
Full View (by category) | Text Only (by date) | Text (by category)headlines only

 

  • Dance

    Dancer Turned Soldier Turned Actor

    25ALVAREZ2-master315

    “His intention had always been to return to Broadway after the Army to try acting as an adult. For now, he’s dancing and will perform in “On the Town” through mid-June, after having successfully filled in as a last-minute replacement in February.”

    What On Earth Has Happened To Those Beloved Old Ballroom Dances? Competition, That’s What

    BALLROOM

    Alastair Macaulay: “How should we react to a waltz in which the man’s opening move is to lift the woman and hold her horizontally along his chest as he turns? Had you thought of ‘Send in the Clowns’ as a Viennese waltz? Me neither. … It’s a tribute to the three-part PBS series America’s Ballroom […]

    One Of ABT’s Stars Has Become Its Unofficial Backstage Photographer

    simkin

    “Who is to stop Daniil Simkin, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, from photographing his friends inside the ‘bubble’ of one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies?”

    The First Black Ballerina At The Metropolitan Opera House

    1st black ballerina

    “‘It is opening night at the Metropolitan Opera – the gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda. It is the first time in the history of the venerable opera house that it has a black artist on its roster. Let me tell you, my friend, I am just as surprised as anyone else.’ It was 1951, […]

    Barre To Barracks: Dancer Trains For Role By Training With Real Soldiers

    5 Soldiers dance production by the Rosie Kay Dance Company

    Shelley Eva Haden: “When choreographer Rosie Kay cast me as the only woman in a revival of her work 5 Soldiers, I didn’t fully appreciate what it meant until I spent five days with 4th Battalion the Rifles. The infantry were undergoing a full-battle exercise and I was the only female among more than 80 […]

    More Dance

  • Ideas

    Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

    mixed signals

    Explaining the deep-seated psychological habits most of us have – the transparency illusion, the primacy effect (that’s the power of first impressions), and the fact that we all tend to be “cognitive misers” – that make it difficult to consistently get an accurate read on other people.

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    What Skills Will You Need To Thrive In The New “Maker” Economy?

    6471a7ed4

    “The consensus answer was that the emphasis should be on collaboration (learning with others, working with others—both keys to much of the advancement of the maker culture), learning how to think (specific subject matter is less important, with an important exception noted below), and being able to think in a systemic way (seeing how things fit together).”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    A French Philosopher Who Has Happiness (!) Figured Out

    happiness

    Frédéric Lenoir: “It’s difficult to get what you want. Even if we desire something, most of the time we don’t take the right steps to get it – that’s the problem with pleasure. We want to be happy, but we prefer pleasure. But pleasure and happiness are quite different.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    From Augustine To Oprah: Why We Get Confessional In Public (And Why People Listen)

    augustine oprah 90

    “For while the instinct to confess is not always hard to understand – whether or not the confessor means to justify or condemn himself – the instinct to hear a confession is another thing entirely.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Ideas

  • Issues

    Leading Science Lab Enlists Arts To Explain Its Work

    symmetryfilm01

    “The Arts@CERN program as well as other recent projects, like the 2014 Particle Fever documentary, are essential in making the intimidating scale of the scientific experiments at CERN approachable, along with fostering the long collaboration between art and science.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Have The Words Of Liberal Arts Lost Their Meaning?

    CollegeGradsWeb

    “Old words that used to mean something—ideals, meaning, character, self, soul—have come to seem mere floating signifiers, counters in a game played by commencement speakers and college catalogs.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Trademark Office Rejects Katy Perry’s Attempt to Own Left Shark From Superbowl

    left-shark-perry

    “Lawyers for the Roar singer had applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to have the design registered to prevent others from making money from unlicensed depictions of the outfit, made famous by an out-of-step back-up dancer.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    We’ve Set Up Exam Factories. That Doesn’t Work. What We Need Are Real Places Of Learning

    Creative-Brian-a-25ft-alu-008

    “We are currently operating a Fordist model of mass education that is failing to prepare young people for the dramatic socioeconomic demands of the digital age. What is more worrying is that politicians, rather than supporting a schools system with the flexibility and innovation obviously needed, have fallen for a theology of standardised testing and assessment that is exacerbating the crisis.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Issues

  • Media

    British Cinema Chains Yank Biopic After Major Protests By Sikhs

    sikh protests

    “The Odeon and Cineworld cinema chains have cancelled screenings of Indian film Nanak Shah Fakir following a major sit-in protest at a branch of Cineworld in Wolverhampton. … The film, a biopic of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, was being protested because the religion prohibits any personification of the Guru, either by actors or in animated movies.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    YouTube Has Changed The World Of TV In 10 Years (Just Not How People Expected It To)

    Technology-Japan-IT-copyright-compnay-Yo

    In one decade, YouTube has developed a culture of its own and is a threat to the conventional business model of television—but not in the way world expected.

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    The End Of the 500-Channel Cable Universe

    23VERIZON-master675

    “The days of the 500-channel universe are over,” Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, said at a corporate conference last month. “The days of the 150-channel universe in the home, while not necessarily over, are changing rapidly. There’s going to be people who are going to be slicing it and dicing it in different ways.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Surely You Can’t Be Serious: An Oral History Of “Airplane!”

    airplane

    “Yes, we’re serious. And don’t call us Shirley.” The three writer-directors and several cast members give their memories of life on the set.

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    The Iffy Legacy Of Latin America’s Weirdest, Most Embarrassing, Longest-Running TV Megahit

    Don Francisco, left, and four finalists for a model contest on S

    Sábado Gigante, which has been parodied by such esteemed American outlets as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report, is a combination of Maury, The Price Is Right, and American Idol – except a Mexican luchador with a trumpet decides whether the contestant gets fed to a lion, and Don Francisco, the show’s charismatic host, wears a lot of bizarre hats.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Media

  • Music

    When This Famous Orchestra Moved Its HQ Into A Housing Project, Good Things Started Happening

    bremen

    “Eight years ago, one of Europe’s best-known orchestras” – the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen – “moved their rehearsal rooms to a secondary school on this housing estate and pupils from Tenever found themselves sharing their corridors and lunch tables with professional musicians. Since then the school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been ‘transformed’, according to Joachim Barloschky, a local official.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    MIT Figures Out What Gives Strads And Guarneri Their Powerful Sound

    mit

    “The researchers acquired technical drawings of violins from museums, collector databases, and books, as well as x-rays and CT scans of the instruments. They compared the dimensions of various features and measurements of acoustic resonances in different instruments.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    English National Opera Makes Big Season Cuts (But What’s Left Is Pretty Good)

    a788f484-8b8e-4004-9855-1aec17087009-1020x612

    “The company’s 2015-16 programme represents a cut of around a third in terms of productions, the result of the withering financial crises, drastic Arts Council cuts, last-ditch bailouts and all-round air of impending doom that has engulfed the company for the umpteenth time in its history for the last few months.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    How Glenn Gould Helped Apple Design Its Products

    image

    “The conversations we have are conversations about the human qualities that Gould has that are important for doing something that’s really extraordinary — in the way that his musical performance was extraordinary.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Did This Man Kill The CD Recording Business?

    bbc7b5cf-1165-4b14-bec1-8d7b529c7a4a-1020x612

    “With his access to music – during this period Universal was cornering the market in hip-hop, which was becoming the most popular music in the world – Glover was able to get albums to RNS weeks ahead of their release. Over its 11-year span, RNS was responsible for leaking more than 20,000 albums.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Music

  • People

    Film Critic Richard Corliss, 71

    18 May 1999, Cannes, France, France --- Critic Richard Corliss at Cannes Film Festival --- Image by © Eric Robert & Stephane Cardinale/Sygma/Corbis

    “He could have a fanboy’s enthusiasm for his favorite genres – he was big on Bollywood before Bollywood was cool – but he never checked his brains at the popcorn stand. He was of a generation of critics who disputed cinema the way Lutherans and Papists once faced off over theology. But he was nothing if not a sporting polemicist.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    García Lorca Was Killed On Official Orders, Say 1960s Police Files

    garcia lorca

    “The documents, written in 1965 at the Granada police headquarters and obtained by the Guardian, are the first ever admission by Franco-era officials of their involvement in the death in 1936 of the author of Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    The Ten Wealthiest Musicians In The UK

    _82503353_82503224

    “Of the 1,000 richest people in the UK and the 250 wealthiest in Ireland, the list puts Irish band U2 at third place with £431m. Pop veteran Sir Elton John and Rolling Stones’ frontman Sir Mick Jagger follow with their fortunes, thought to be worth £270m and £225m respectively.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Literary Scholar M.H. Abrams, 102

    23abrams-1-obit-facebookJumbo

    With “The Mirror and the Lamp,” Professor Abrams almost single-handedly conferred legitimacy on the study of Romantic poetry, which had been held in low regard by the followers of New Criticism, then in its ascendancy.

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More People

  • Theatre

    Cleveland Playhouse Wins 2015 Regional Tony

    tony-statuette

    “Cleveland Playhouse prides itself on being a longtime champion for new work, having presented Tennesee Williams before “The Glass Menagerie” and, more recently, premiering titles by Ken Ludwig, Lee Blessing and Deborah Zoe Laufer. Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is working on a commission for the company that will bow next season.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    British Theatre Has Gone Election-Mad

    british theatre has gone election mad

    “It’s a paradox. In TV studios and on Twitter, British politics seem trapped in a spin cycle of claim and counter-claim, carefully massaged soundbites and kitchen-sink (or kitchen-counting) drama for an audience largely looking the other way. But on stage – particularly in the hands of young, experimental theatre-makers – the workings of democracy have rarely seemed so charged with possibility.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    How Could Such A Good Broadway Revival Of ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Flop? Is The Play That Out-Of-Date?

    heidi chrons

    Does it really “represent a moment in feminism that has passed”? Or is it an important piece of history? On the other hand, observes Lisa Kron, “Does this question get asked when a Mamet play closes?”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    The Shakespeare’s Globe Round-The-World “Hamlet” Tour: Postcards From The Halfway Mark

    hamlet tour

    “After 80,000 miles, 96 countries and more than 150 shows, the two-year worldwide tour of Hamlet has reached its halfway point in Spain – on Shakespeare’s birthday. Here’s a taste of some of the shows so far.” (slideshow)

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    This Theater Company Makes House Calls

    ariel salon

    “The latest iteration of intimate, in-home performances – think home concerts – Salon Ariel hopes to fill a void in the theater world.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Theatre

  • Visual

    Scotland Buys Botticelli To Keep It In Scotland. Only It’s Not There.

    3852823693

    “Like an ageing rock star, it’s on tour, put to work to raise money. The first performance was at the Frick Collection in New York. It’s now on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco until May, when it will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum. Texas will hang the Botticelli after all. Visitors in Edinburgh will come face to face with a blank space on the wall.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Do Art And Science Really Have Anything To Say To One Another?

    Ryoji-Ikedas-installation-008

    “Art and science, we feel, should have something to say to each other. But perhaps they speak different languages after all. I don’t speak the language of science too well, either, but I do know one thing: it is concerned with the wonder of nature. There is a depressing lack of wonder in this technically sophisticated but intellectually and emotionally empty art.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Tate Modern Director Steps Down

    7d136ba5-6fe2-4743-a309-e2343ffff543-1020x612

    “It will be announced in Germany on Friday afternoon that Dercon, who is Belgian, has been lured to take over from Frank Castorf in 2017, another coup for the country’s culture ministry which also persuaded the British Museum’s Neil MacGregor to move the city to take charge of the committee overseeing the new Humboldt-Forum cultural centre.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Kenyan Government Denounces Its Own Venice Biennale Pavilion

    michael-soi

    “Outrage had been growing within Kenya’s artistic community ever since it was announced that only one Kenyan had been selected to represent the country at this year’s international exhibition, along with six Chinese artists (none of whom live or work in Kenya) and one Italian artist.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Big Win: Board Extends Landmark Status To Interior Of Corcoran Museum

    corcoran

    “At last month’s hearing, university representatives sought to limit the designation, saying they need flexibility to use the space for educational purposes. But in its nomination, the nonprofit DC Preservation League requested that historic status extend to most of the building, including the auditorium and basement studio space.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Visual

  • Words

    The Difference Between Poetry And Prose

    ID_GABBERT_POEM_CO_001

    “Poetry is just prose chopped up into lines. I mean this to be final, categorical, and no slight on poetry.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Why Sappho Is One Of The Most Important Figures In All Of Literary History

    sappho

    “With a single poem, which says that her beloved Anactoria is more valuable than the splendor of any cavalry, infantry, or fleet, she created a tradition of ‘love-not-war’ lyrics whose future stretches from Propertius to Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen. As the definitive ur-voice of lyric ecstasy, she is so consequential that poets of every generation, from Catullus to Sylvia Plath and Anne Carson, have used her to define their aesthetic manifestos: among the ancients, only Homer can claim an instrumental role in literary history equivalent to Sappho’s.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    Jan Morris: ‘I Hate Being Called A Travel Writer’

    jan morris

    “I have written only one book about travel, concerning a journey across the Oman desert. I have written many books about place, which are nothing to do with movement, but many more about people and about history.” Here, she answers questions, some from readers, about her book Venice, her career, and her brushes with history.

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    All Missoula Is Worrying About The New Book, “Missoula”

    missoula

    “The local prosecutor wrote an urgent letter to its publishers trying to delay its release. Book sellers are taking orders for copies that wait in sealed boxes, ready to be opened on Tuesday. Some people are dreading its revelations about rape in their football-loving college town. Others are glad: Tell the story, they say, the louder the better.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    We’ve Got Another Faked-Memoir Scandal To Feast On

    faked memoir

    “The ‘memoir’ of a British war correspondent who purportedly committed rape, murder and other crimes before dying last year was initially written several years ago as a novel, it has emerged. Author Colin Carroll had described the novel in an interview more than five years ago with a local newspaper in Cork.”

    Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

    More Words

Read the story at