“The Biennial is clearly a good idea for a great orchestra required to contend with the weekly parade through town of the world’s other great orchestras. The NY Phil Biennial approach, however, seems less about making sense of a contentiously noisy environment than merely adding to it.”
“In the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Hongcheon, 58 miles northeast of Seoul, Kwon Yong-seok runs ‘Prison Inside Me,’ a stress-reduction center with a penal theme. A meditation building, auditorium and management center sit on a 2-acre piece of land” – along with twenty-eight 60-square-foot prison cells.
This Saturday, Britain’s seven nationally funded companies are joining forces to take viewers inside the processes of making opera – from creating a set for The Magic Flute and a costume for Don Giovanni to preparing for the evening’s performance of Julian Anderson’s new opera The Thebans to composer Errolyn Wallen composing an aria on the spot to a text suggested via Twitter.
“I formulate my ideas based on the structure and melodies of the music and certain emotions captured in it. And this is such a full piece of music. When I realized the scale of it I started thinking about having a large cast. … If you’re playing with Legos, you can build something more substantial if you have 100 pieces instead of 3.”
A dancer trained in kathak, a classical form from northern India, writes of how his struggles with language – including incorporating a new dance vocabulary into his body – led to the creation of two new works.
Jordan Riefe reports from the first modern screening of the 66 minutes of rediscovered footage, which Welles created as entr’actes for his mixed-media staging of the 1894 William Gillette comedy.
David Remnick looks at ‘the four pillars’ of Russian profanity – хуй, пизда, ебать, and бляд – and the many, many works that might run afoul of Russia’s new legislation outlawing those words in all public performances.
“The law will come into effect on July 1, and afterwards swearing in films, plays and concerts will incur penalties of up to 2,500 rubles ($70) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles for companies and organizations.”
“The fruits of the planning and research that’s now underway will be harvested starting in September 2017, when Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America begins a five-month run at museums, universities and performance spaces around the region” – with a focus on works from Latin America and Latino artists in the U.S.
Turn your phones off, says hall. Mine stays on, says cellist
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-05-04
Insiders Duel on Delaware Deaccessioning Dilemma
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-05-05
After Hurling Insults, Sotheby’s and Third Point’s Loeb Try to Kiss & Make Up
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-05-06
Joyce DiDonato: ‘Does my throat hurt after a performance?’
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-05-05
Gary Becker, the economic way of thinking, and the arts
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-05-04
Writing on Air
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-05-03