At the Oregon Symphony, Showalter represents a victory for the Re-inventors, one that I wouldn’t have predicted last fall when it looked as though the Cutters on the board had the upper hand.
Ten years after he founded the Forsythe Company, based in Frankfurt and Dresden, following a controversial wavering of support from the city of Frankfurt (where he spent 20 years leading Ballet Frankfurt to international renown), William Forsythe is leaving his troupe on the hands of former Frankfurt dancer Jacopo Godani. (“I am assuming that the name of the company will change,” said Forsythe.)
“Frank Borzage’s 1932 version of A Farewell To Arms is certainly a great movie, as sublime and rapturous as anything he made, but Borzage’s aesthetic values are the polar opposite of Hemingway’s – shimmering and intensely romantic, all his movies feel as if they were shot in heaven – and the result, which fits snugly into the director’s canon, has no place at all in the writer’s”
“It is much better for a writer to be underrecognized than over, in terms of keeping one’s head down, like the proverbial Japanese nail, so that one might observe the world unhammered and unimpeded. Abjure fame and avoid obscurity. But between those extremes lies the perch where a writer occasionally might do some good work.”