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  • Dance

    One Last Convo With American Ballet Theatre’s Three Retiring Stars

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    “Each recognizes that it’s time. But that doesn’t make it easy. As Ms. Reyes pointed out, ‘It’s a heartbreak, don’t get me wrong.’”

    The English National Ballet Prepares To Move To Its New Home In East London

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    “The aim is to ‘create a new space that allows us to produce and rehearse amazing work,’ said the ENB’s artistic director, Tamara Rojo, adding that the facilities could also be used by other organisations. She said: ‘I want the space to echo to the sound of creative Britain.’”

    So You Think Dance Emigrated Out Of The Old Soviet Union? Here Are The Treasures That Stayed

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    “For the past decade or so, the Russians have been rehabilitating works from the Stalinist era that brilliantly debunk the notion that Soviet ballet slept out the 20th century. And Yakobson is the ideal figure on whom to focus a corrected and expanded ballet history.”

    English National Ballet Announces An Ambitious New Home

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    “English National Ballet (ENB) is to move to a new “state of the art” home in east London, its artistic director Tamara Rojo has announced. The company will share the building – on the new London City Island development, close to the Canning Town railway interchange – with the English National Ballet School.”

    Iconic Dance Teacher Maggie Black, 85

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    “From the 1960s to the ’90s, Ms. Black’s classes were studded with star dancers and choreographers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Joffrey, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Among them were Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, Eliot Feld, William Forsythe, Gelsey Kirkland, Tina […]

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  • Ideas

    What This Professor Has Learned From Five Years Of Arts And Culture Blogging

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    “When I started, I had absolutely no idea that I was capable of writing so much or so often. Blogging has been a huge surprise for me: It has been a life-transforming experience and a door-opener.”

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    What Robert DeNiro Told Graduating Arts Students At NYU

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    “You made it … and you’re fucked.”

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    Using OpenTable To Book And Pay For Your Meals Out Means An End To Anonymity

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    “Restaurants have always doled out preferential treatment to the ‘best’ customers — but now, they’ll be able to brand them with a specific dollar sign the second they walk in the door.”

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    So, *Are* College Students Customers Of Higher Education?

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    Nope. “That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.”

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  • Issues

    Amazon Starts Paying Sales Tax In Europe Amid Ongoing Investigation

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    “Amazon’s move marks a sea change in its approach to tax in Europe. Depending on how the company allocates costs, it could significantly boost the firm’s tax bill in many EU countries. It could also put pressure on other companies to do the same.”

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    Cannes Has A Shoe Problem

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    “High heels, it turns out, appeared to be part of the unwritten red-carpet dress code. Wearing heels changes how you stand, how you walk and how you are perceived. Even if they are visible only in small flashes, when a hem moves to one side, they are, in essence, a foundation garment: shoes that keep women in their place.”

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    The Historic Mosque-Cathedral In Córdoba Stands At The Center Of A Much Wider Dispute

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    “The Mosque-Cathedral is currently the focus of a fierce dispute pitting local activists against the Catholic Church and casting a shadow over Córdoba’s legacy of religious tolerance. It has even become a hot-button issue in local elections here amid accusations that the Mosque-Cathedral’s Islamic past is being airbrushed out of history.”

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    Has Russia Purged Faculty Members At Its Oldest University?

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    “In March 27, outside the baroque 18th century building that houses the university administration, about a dozen Smolny students held one-person pickets, the maximum size Russia allows for an unsanctioned protest. Police took down names of demonstrators, participants said, but no one was detained.”

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  • Media

    Women Are Studying Animation In Record Numbers, But The Workforce Skews Very, Very Male

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    “‘People can share their artwork on Tumblr and Vimeo and YouTube and DeviantArt,’ she says, ‘and see that it’s actually a thing that a lot of people are interested in, not just men.'”

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    Disney’s Dying For Millennial Fans, But Can’t Let Its News Partners Do Their Own Thing

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    “The cultures of the companies and Fusion have already clashed. For instance, according to two senior Fusion staff members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Disney put the organization on notice that it would not take kindly to coverage that might dent its standing with consumers. The warning came after Fusion published several stories based on documents that hackers stole from Sony.”

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    French Film About Sri Lankan Refugees Wins The Palme D’Or At Cannes (Plus A List Of Other Winners)

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    Director Jacques Audiard, “who previously made A Prophet and Rust and Bone, said: ‘To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I’m very touched.'”

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    A Story About Brothers, Rams And A Remote Iceland Valley Won At The Cannes Festival’s ‘Sidebar’

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    Of course it did. And “the top prizes for the main selection will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.”

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    Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cater More To Older Audiences? (They’re Growing)

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    “According to a 2014 study of theatrical market statistics by the Motion Picture Association of America, the number of “frequent moviegoers” in the 60-plus demographic (that is, those who attend the cinema at least once a month) jumped almost 30 percent last year from 2013, to 5.3 million viewers. That is the highest level for the 60-plus demographic since 2010. Over the same period, attendance by frequent moviegoers ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 39 — still the dominant age groups, with annual attendance about 7 million each — continued to slide. But the pickings are sometimes slim for mature audiences looking for characters their age appearing in quality fare.”

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  • Music

    Playing Haydn And Mozart Behind Bars In Kansas City

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    “Several times during the concert, inmates burst into boisterous, spontaneous applause. And at concert’s end, the prisoners gave the players a standing ovation.”

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    How Juilliard Is Changing Early Music – And Contemporary Music, Too

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    “After just five years our students now play as regulars or ‘deps’ – or stand-ins – in pretty much all of the main North American period instrument orchestras, as well as in Europe and in their own new groups. Will it one day reach saturation point? I don’t know. But we certainly haven’t come close to that yet.”

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    Can The Germans Fix Opera In New York?

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Musikalische Leitung: Marc Soustrot
Regie: Stefan Herheim
Bühne: Rebecca Ringst
Kostüme: Gesine Völlm
Licht: Olaf Freese
Chor und Kinderchor: Johannes Knecht
Dramaturgie: Xavier Zuber

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    “Accustomed to hearing opera at the Met, where the average attendee is more likely than not on Medicare, I was bewildered at the number of kids—high schoolers barely over Platée’s recommended minimum age of 14—crowding the auditorium.”

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    Should Opera Singers Stop Providing Printed Translations?

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    “In hearing the texts we focused on the words, their meanings and — importantly — their ideas on their own. We listened attentively during these spoken passages and then, with the texts fresh in our minds, we listened more actively to the music that both singer and pianist produced. And, as Blythe wanted, we were looking at her and she at us.”

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    Last Week Berlin Philharmonic Musicians Deadlocked On A New Music Director. Here’s How It Happened

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    “It is hard to see how enough players can be swayed from Thielemann to Nelsons or vice versa in order for the orchestra to bury its differences and rally around a new music director. That leaves three options, none of them easy.”

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  • People

    Great Comedian And Actor Anne Meara Dies At 85

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    “During the heyday of Stiller and Meara, Meara also pursued a separate career as an actress. She had already amassed an impressive list of stage credits before beginning her comedy career, including an Obie Award-winning performance in “Madchen in Uniform” in 1955 and roles in several Shakespeare in the Park productions.”

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    John And Alicia Nash – Of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Fame – Killed While Returning Home From Receiving Prize

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    “‘John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists,’ the president of Princeton, Christopher L. Eisgruber, said on Sunday, ‘and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges.'”

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    Is Brad Bird Of Incredibles And Ratatouille (And Tomorrowland) Fame Pretty Much An Ayn Rand Objectivist?

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    “How has Bird been able to get away with labelling the majority of his audience inferior cogs who are only impeding their superiors? Being a legitimately brilliant director helps.”

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    “Hard To Overstate His Significance In Italian Culture” Dante Turns 750

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    “I teach Dante to American undergraduates, and I struggle to convey to them his place in Italian culture. The obvious comparison is to Shakespeare, but this is like trying to make sense of Mozart by means of Coltrane: the number of centuries that divide Dante from Shakespeare is practically as large as the number that separates Shakespeare from us.”

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  • Theatre

    Dealing With Bad Reviews

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    “The poison of a bad review is not the public shame, although that doesn’t feel great. And it’s not the fact that an expert believes you may be an untalented writer or a horrible mother or a sub-standard teacher. It’s that a bad review can confirm your worst suspicions about yourself.”

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    Stand-Up Comedy Is Catching On, Sort Of, In China

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    “When most audience members watch Wong perform, on the set of ‘Is It True?’ or at one of his theater shows, they’re not just seeing him for the first time: It’s their first exposure to live stand-up, period. They’re not always sure how to react.”

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    Chicago Theaters Want Your Help When You Die

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    “The subject is sensitive, awkward and uncomfortable but also, a growing priority for even the most established theater companies in Chicago, many of which are still relatively new at what museums and universities have been doing for decades: discretely shimmying up to cherished, aging supporters and gently wondering if they might leave the theater a little something in their wills some day. But there is an art to the ask.

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    PJ Paparelli, 40-Year-Old Director Of Chicago’s American Theater Co. Dies On Vacation

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    “Both Paparelli and his theater company — the two were inseparable — were at their creative peak. During Paparelli’s seven-year tenure, ATC produced a slew of highly regarded world premieres, including that of Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” which moved to Broadway and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.”

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    Broadway About To Hit Record Box Office For 2014/15 Season

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    “Thanks in part to the box-office drawing power of Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Larry David, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and other celebrated performers, Broadway’s on-track to report that grosses and attendance rose by about 8 percent from 2013-14. After 51 weeks, Broadway’s sales of $1.33 billion are already a record. Given that attendance is 12.8 million and exceeds 200,000 a week, it’s almost certain to top 13 million for the first time when official results come out early next week.”

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  • Visual

    ISIS Militants Have Entered The Palmyra Museum

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    “Antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said they had destroyed some modern plaster statues and also raised their flag on the ancient castle overlooking the Roman ruins. Most of the museum’s antiquities had been transferred to Damascus, he said.”

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    Our Relationship To Depictions Of Death, From Painting To Instantly Released Video

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    “When you see death mediated in this way, pinned down with such dramatic flair, the star is likely to be death itself and not the human who dies. The fact that a photograph exists of a man being shot in the head in Vietnam is easier to remember than Lem’s biography or even his name.”

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    The Thames Garden Bridge Loses Its Allure

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    “It requires much trust to think that the proposed Thames garden bridge will be an asset for Britain.”

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    Cuba’s Open – For A Cultural Feeding Frenzy At The Havana Biennial

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    “The artists there are very excited and they’re going all out. They’re looking at cultivating a better connection to the art world.”

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    These Are Ruins That Even ISIS Can’t Destroy

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    “Decay and loss is the point. If ISIS knocks down the columns, or dynamites the carved lion’s head I found lying around that day, the disaster will be survivable. … I’ll take some consolation knowing the site has been explored and recorded by waves of archaeologists for more than a century. We know Palmyra’s secrets, and cannot lose them.”

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  • Words

    Mary Renault And The Drug-Fueled Sensuality Of The Ancient World

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    “Cutting-edge science now tells us ancient warriors would indeed consume vast vats of liquid opiates and a ferocious honey-mead, retsina and wine cocktail. There was cannibalism. Girls and boys did oil one another with rose and saffron-scented olive oil. Renault heard and smelt the ancient world many millennia after it had died and decades before it was resurrected by contemporary technology.”

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    An Alternative (To NPR And The NYT) Summer Reading List

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    “While there is nothing wrong with the books they have chosen, it seems they would have you believe that only white people are writing books worthy of summer reading.” (You can also find alternative summer reading lists for kids here.)

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    What It’s Like To Be A Deaf Novelist

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    “My first novel has recently become an audiobook to which I will not listen. The characters have been assigned voices and accents and inflections that I’ll never hear.”

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    The Bookstore That ‘Wimpy Kid’ Built

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    “With this foray into retailing, Mr. Kinney is joining a handful of authors who are injecting cash and a dose of literary celebrity into what seemed a dying trade.”

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    Why Jhumpa Lahiri Quit The U.S. For Italy – And Wrote A Book In Italian

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    “After a lifetime of feeling that she never quite fitted into either India or the US, Lahiri feels a casa (‘at home’) in Rome. She recently wrote about her Italian metamorphosis in a ‘linguistic autobiography’, titled In Altre Parole (‘In Other Words’), which hit Italian bookstores in January.”

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