“The participants range from young adults to senior citizens and have varying degrees of sight, but they all agree on the positive effects” – better balance, improved range of motion – “of the class. Sessions include a mix of barre and center work, as well as some weight-sharing and partnering exercises.” (video)
Dance Magazine Published:01.12.17
This is the way way partner artists (have to) talk when they’re working in elementary schools: “Dance offers a fun way to learn science. Young students want to move around. Dance will represent what things mean in weather science and complement our core curriculum.”
The Mansfield News-Journal (Ohio) Published:01.16.17
“When German break-dancer Vartan Bassil came up with the idea for Red Bull Flying Bach, he hoped to bring together those who sneer at pop culture and those who snore at high culture. And he hoped to impress the other parents in the room.”
Washington Post Published:01.05.17
“Artists fail when they aren’t able to make their art a brand,” says the choreographer and dancer, who is lean in an almost feline way, with thick muscles that propel him into lithe motion at the slightest provocation. “We want to be at the intersection of dance and fashion — of dance and advertising. How do […]
Los Angeles Times Published:01.13.17
‘Ballet Remains A Sexist View Of The World’ – Alastair Macaulay On The Form’s Gender Roles In The 21st Century
“[That view is] one that privileges the woman, certainly, but on terms that let her shine only by doing what no man can. Should we agree with the choreographer George Balanchine (1904-83) that ‘ballet is woman’? Or do we qualify this, as the choreographer Pam Tanowitz (born in 1969) has recently done, by saying that […]
New York Times Published:01.12.17
Physicists have been suggesting as much since Einstein. It’s all just the space-time continuum. “So in the future, the sister of the past,” thinks young Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, “I may see myself as I sit here now but by reflection from that which then I shall be.” Twisty!
New York Review of Books Published:01.19.17
Is it bike paths? Innovative water use systems? Less greenhouse gas? Sure, but that won’t earn Australian developers the coveted six stars. “It’s about going back to that old adage of community: people, walkability, liveability, places for the kids to play. [We want to] change the way people think about how they live.”
The Guardian (UK) Published:01.15.17
Michael Lind with a theory about artists destroying conventions – and maybe art itself: “Modernism was not a late stage of Western art. It marked the death of the Western artistic tradition and the beginning of something entirely new — the art of global industrial capitalism. Did I say I blame the Germans? German romanticism could not have killed off Western art without the help of global industrial capitalism.”
The Smart Set Published:01.12.17
Researchers: “We contend that the reason people dislike hypocrites is that their outspoken moralizing falsely signals their own virtue. People object, in other words, to the misleading implication — not to a failure of will or a weakness of character.”
The New York Times Published:01.15.17
The official line is that it’s just like the lobbying that goes on with any governmental switch. Also, there’s a shiny new nighttime kids’ lineup: “As the broadcaster explored what a new service would look like, it heard from caregivers who bemoaned a dearth of kids’ programming in the evening hours.”
Designers, like many artists, have widely varying views on the question, but it’s complex: “Critics of those designers who’ve voiced their reluctance to dress the new first lady have maintained that it’s a designer’s job to simply make clothes — that they should keep personal opinions out of it and not pass judgment on people who wear their clothes. But over time, society has demanded much more from the fashion industry.”
The Washington Post Published:01.12.17
Yep. Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, said he wouldn’t go to the Inauguration – which earned him, and his town, Atlanta, harsh tweets from the president-elect. Amazon rapidly sold out of his memoir, and his graphic novels suddenly topped the bestseller lists on the data-hungry behemoth’s site. And Lewis isn’t alone – this has happened to magazines, books, even news hosts.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published:01.15.17
The bad news: More than 9,000 cultural figures were barred from any government support and sometimes harassed.
The good news: Three of President Park Geun-hye’s aides have been arrested over the blacklist.
New York Times Published:01.12.17
Blame “Glee” – and probably “Hamilton,” too.
The New York Times Published:01.15.17
TV makers have choices. Should they “continue to create content that might arouse the anger and derision of Trump supporters and the right-wing media that helped get Trump elected? Or do they somehow seem to support Trump by celebrating figures like him and reflecting the views of pro-Trump viewers? Or does [TV] veer toward escapism that cannot be interpreted as having any political context or meaning?”
The Globe and Mail (Canada) Published:01.13.17
One of Fences’ powerhouse stars says, “They’re opening up because, I think, they’re being forced to open up.”
Chinese regulators are starting to investigate big investments into Hollywood firms and people – and then there’s this: “Donald Trump’s appointment of hawkish economist Peter Navarro — author of such books as Death by China — to head a new White House National Trade Council inspired Chinese state media to warn of a potential ‘showdown with the U.S.'”
The Hollywood Reporter Published:01.13.17
Wallis Simpson and David Windsor went on a “goodwill tour” of Nazi Germany right after he abdicated the British throne – but you won’t find out any of that from the highly popular Netflix series. Why?
The Observer (NY) Published:01.12.17
“The list of partners includes virtually every major and many minor orchestras, with commissioned composers including Andrew Balfour, Chan Ka Nin, Kevin Lau, Nicole Lizée and John Rea among others. The orchestras themselves have been invited to choose the composers with whom they would like to work, with the TSO agreeing to perform the full complement of fanfares.”
Toronto Star Published:01.16.17
“The allure of this programming from an orchestra’s perspective is easy to see. In their never-ending quest to bring in new audiences — particularly patrons for whom the standard classical repertoire is less familiar terrain than it was to their parents and grandparents — the San Francisco Symphony and similar organizations have found a product that exerts a different sort of allure from that of a Brahms or Mahler symphony.”
San Francisco Chronicle Published:01.13.17
Conlon is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the opera, and so far he’s conducted “a record number of performances.”
Los Angeles Times Published:01.14.17
“People say, ‘I would go more if I was represented on stage,'” says one former board member. But it took until 2015 and the Minnesota Orchestra’s tour of Cuba to create a diversity committee. “There is not a single black musician among the orchestra’s permanent members.”
The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Published:01.14.17
The Sheer Power Of Emerging Stars At The Met Should Be Attracting Audience In Droves (Why Isn’t It?)
“The reasons for the Met’s less than spectacular performance at the box office remain somewhat obscure, particularly since, on a day to day basis, the company offers what is likely the strongest casting of any opera company in the world.” Indeed, the Met is in the middle of “a golden age of vocalism.”
The Observer (NY) Published:01.14.17
“Meade had served since March 2015 as the Walker’s artistic director, a newly created role at the museum. Prior to that, he had served for ten months as the Walker’s senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms, another newly created role. He effectively took over as chief curator after Darsie Alexander left the institution to become director of New York’s Katonah Art Museum.”
The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the new film Lion moved directly into acting from being a teenager in school. “Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from great directors and my co-stars. Acting is about honesty. When I began, I was trying to squeeze as much emotion out of roles as I could and get big laughs. Now it’s about doing less.”
The Guardian (UK) Published:01.15.17
The architect, who died suddenly last March, left money to relatives and her architecture firm’s partner, who has stoked controversy by speaking against public housing and art schools and advocating for building in Hyde Park. He’s also one of four partners in charge of the 60-million-pound trust that is her architecture firm.
The Guardian (UK) Published:01.16.17
Zhou Youguang didn’t create the first system to convert Chinese characters into another alphabet, but his Pinyin, which was adopted in 1958, not only made external communication easier but also helped Chinese people speaking widely varying dialects learn to communicate with each other.
These days many of the actors have to learn the language after they get cast, and they spent two years out of their building after the roof fell in, but the plays (now with titles in Romanian) keep coming, as they have since 1940 – and the company is now run by one of the country’s great actresses, Maia Morgenstern.
New York Times Published:01.15.17
“The circus said its debts amounted to $8.3 million, against assets of $3.8 million, in its Chapter 11 filing. The Big Apple Circus began in 1977 and at its height staged more than 300 shows per year.”
“Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”
One of the non-Hamilton-related moments: When the president presented Audra McDonald with the National Medal of the Arts. (And that’s just number six.)
Broadway Black Published:01.13.17
The theatre – which features alumni like Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Dick Gregory, Smokey Robinson and Wendell Pierce – has been reorganized, with dance and visual arts and other offerings, into the Center for Arts and Culture, with new executive director Indira Etwaroo, who founded “NPR Presents” and WNYC’s Greene Space in Manhattan. Will that be enough to save the historic theatre?
American Theatre Published:01.13.17
“The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), the first institution of its kind in Indonesia, has announced that it will officially open to the public in Jakarta in November 2017 after delays in the construction of [its] landmark multi-purpose building.”
Blouin Artinfo Published:01.11.17
“Critics of the painting said the officers were depicted as pigs, which sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers and some police groups. Supporters said it was an example of free expression that deserved to be displayed. The dispute led to a bizarre back-and-forth as GOP lawmakers unilaterally ripped the painting from the wall and returned it to Clay’s office, only to have Clay and his allies rehang it alongside other paintings selected in the competition.”
“The landmark, which receives more paying tourists—around seven million a year—than any other monument in the world, was built as the centerpiece of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital’s bids to host another World’s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.”
The Art Newspaper Published:01.16.17
Auction prices are a terrible way of judging the value of an artist. But they do tell you something about the demand for their work. Male artists command higher prices generally, but these six women are rising in the auction market.
In Peggy Sutton’s kitchen, she “has a framed a black-and-white sketch of the president she bought from a man for $1 at the 63rd Street beach. On the way to the lower level, she hung an oversize Ebony magazine cover of the black cool issue in which Mr. Obama exits a car wearing dark shades. Downstairs is a beaded Obama pillow. Upstairs on display in a spare bedroom is like Obama-palooza: homemade clothes, dollar bills with pictures of the president and the first lady, jeweled Obama champagne flutes, inauguration invitations.”
The New York Times Published:01.14.17
What will we mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit? I think we’ll be discussing novels about authenticity, or about “problems of authenticity.” What does that mean?
New York Magazine Published:01.11.17
“Money taints everything, why not writing too? Once its value is determined by the marketplace rather than the writer or the reader, our relationship to literature becomes estranged. From bloated celebrity advances to rejected masterpieces, the market is more than just a poor arbiter of lasting quality: it tends to obscure that quality behind purely economic motivations. Good writing, we’re told time and time again, is born from love, not avarice. But this romantic picture of the writer, toiling without regard to money, is itself a fiction—one whose roots stretch back several millennia, and whose effects we’re still dealing with today.”
The New Republic Published:01.11.17
That’s right, the U.S. Marine Corps hired science fiction writers to come up with ideas for future scenarios. “The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first US boots on the ground in the toughest situations, the toughest challenges may stem from the latter.”
The man who wrote two books that helped propel him to the presidency has his favorites. “The writings of Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, Mr. Obama found, were ‘particularly helpful’ when ‘what you wanted was a sense of solidarity,’ adding ‘during very difficult moments, this job can be very isolating.'”
The New York Times Published:01.16.17
Look, no, it’s not some kind of romantic garrett life: “It’s very tricky because there is a lot of dangerous romanticization, and that can set writers up, particularly in the beginnings of their careers, to blunder in a business they know nothing about.”
The Atlantic Published:01.15.17