Ankle surgery in 2014 has kept him out of commission for quite a while, so he’s giving his repaired foot a test run next month – a long way from the hubs of the world’s dance media. (He told the New York Times he wants to “just step onstage quietly here and see what transpires.”) Of course, now that a Sydney journalist has broken the news, the world’s dance media will probably flock there to watch.
Rylance plays ping-pong; Beale runs through his entire part; Dominic Cooper east lots of cheese; Duff is too superstitious (and embarrassed) to tell us what she does.
The grant, by far the William Penn Foundation’s largest ever, covers one fifth of the entire cost of Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild program.
“It is surprising that any architect — and especially one with as much understanding of Philip Johnson’s basic philosophy as Scott Johnson — could support the idea that gravitas and the Crystal Cathedral are even the slightest bit compatible. The building has far more in common with the nearby Matterhorn at Disneyland, the Biosphere in Arizona or the domes of Buckminster Fuller than with any cathedral in Europe.”
For Trump, good art is an expensive hotel. When he announced his plans for the Donald Trump hotel in Washington DC three years ago he said: “Friends of mine, they spend these ridiculous amounts of money on paintings. I’d rather do [hotel] jobs like this, do something that the world can cherish and the world can see and that everyone can truly be proud of.”
“The very presence of Mr. Pence — whose views on immigration, like those of Mr. Trump, are anything but celebratory — at this particular show (one previously embraced by the Obamas and Clintons) would seem to signal that an unspoken debate was going on that night. In that case, wasn’t Mr. Dixon belaboring the obvious in delivering the statement prepared by him and his associates (including Mr. Miranda)? Was what he said a condescending equivalent of supertitles for the inferentially challenged?”
Seriously, if you’ve ever even for one minute liked a pop or country hit in the past few years, one – or all – of these women was probably involved.
The group took some time to pull together, but the founders persisted. “After fundraising, the group performed their first concert in 2015, with 30 Syrian musicians and 20 from Germany. This year, the orchestra has 65 Syrian musicians from all over Europe.”
Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times: “Artists would be better served to channel the anger and disgust they feel into their work. Let dissent inflame their imaginations. Theater practitioners and patrons — in other words, citizens — would be advised to expand the focus of their outrage.”
She started practicing about a decade ago: “The froufrou dresses, the bling, the spray tan, the hair. … At that time I had never really walked in high heels. I didn’t have pierced ears. I didn’t have contact lenses. You can’t do competitive dance in bifocals.”
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Can you remember the movie Breaking Away? From 1979, and set at that time, in my current home town of Bloomington, Indiana. Four lads just out of high school, all lacking a sense of purpose. … read more
AJBlog: For What it’s WorthPublished 2016-11-20
Recent Listening: Phil Norman Tentet
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AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2016-11-19
Journey for Two
David Vaughan and Pepper Fajans in Co. Venture at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Pepper Fajans (L) and David Vaughan do a little routine in Co. Venture, created and choreographed by Fajans and directed by Chris Green. … read more
AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2016-11-19
Going Cold Turkey (in Cyberspace)
Click to enlarge.The computer screen has become a substitute for reality, dominating us not just by way of social media but — old news — by making artifacts like books on paper seem obsolete. I … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2016-11-18
Sheku Kanneh-Mason has six musician siblings, but he turned to Nicola Benedetti (the 2004 Young Musician winner) for advice: “She advised that while I’m still young and studying I should learn as much repertoire as possible, because it becomes more difficult once you’re doing lots of concerts.”
Young Dalí wanted to be a chef, and as an adult artist, “he loved the ‘logarithmic curve’ of cauliflowers.” Of COURSE he did.
Basically, yikes: “If a student asks about the point of it all, I ask him why no one else seems to have the same concern. I get louder. I get meaner. I give students points for alerting me to the sources of dissent. Eager to shore up their grades, gleeful at the chance to tweak friends and possibly enemies, a few students furtively hand over notes after classes.”
It’s the one Shakespearean lead that he resisted for years – “I don’t want to do anything that feels pedestrian or obvious,” he said. Now he’s finally playing the role – Off-Broadway, opposite Daniel Craig – and here he talks about why. (For one thing, the producer spent two years wooing him.)
Disney’s animators – who took a lot of care to consult Hawaiians, Samoans and other Polynesians while developing the film – explain how the character got to look the way he did over a five-year process.