Queen Carmen reigns, at the Kennedy Center Honors

Dance · Fashion

arts·meme sends well wishes and sincere fashion envy to the great, the magnificent Empress of Modern Dance, our beloved Carmen de Lavallade who poses here in a sensational mauve gown designed by American designer B Michael A M E R I C A.

Queen Carmen fits perfectly in that swank setting, doesn’t she? She has made dance so very proud as one of five honorees at the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala, along with fellow honorees Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear and Lionel Richie.

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REVIEW: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s farewell bid @ The Kennedy Center 1

Dance · Reviews

Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C.
December 7 – 9, 2017

The repertory for “Forever Balanchine” – the final, bittersweet four-performance season of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet – resonated deeply and on many levels. At the Saturday matinee (the same program as Thursday’s opening night, but with cast changes), ballets I had taken for granted, or thought I had investigated thoroughly, brimmed with new insights and possibilities.

Farrell’s company, supported by (and in residence almost annually at) The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has achieved a great deal despite never having become a full-time venture. Its limited, infrequent touring included New York City (though never in a sizable venue) and Los Angeles, in 2003 at Royce Hall.

Reuniting her dancers – some with longstanding tenure, others new – for several months each year, Farrell presented thoughtfully designed programs primarily focused on the Balanchine choreography that was so integral to her own career and which she is so passionately devoted to sharing with new generations of dancers. She included some Robbins and Bejart works at various times in the company’s 17-year existence, but her penetrating insights – interpretive and musical – about her mentor’s rich repertoire were always the essence of this troupe. read the full story

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Yes, ABT, we like sugar plums. But also ‘Nutcracker’ cookies!

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Kirk Silsbee’s holiday-music picks for 2017

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Creative women SoKo & Loie Fuller align in new film ‘La Danseuse’

Dance · Featured · Film
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Chuey House: artful home built for artists by an artist, Richard Neutra

Architecture & Design
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Hollywood’s cross-genre master Michael Curtiz gets biography

Featured · Film · Language & ideas
Academy Award–winning director Michael Curtiz (1886–1962)—whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)—was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his 27-year tenure at Warner Bros., Curtiz directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The ...

Buy Neil Young toy trains, guitars, ‘grunge’ shirt

Fashion · Featured · Music
An upcoming auction includes singer/songwriter Neil Young’s exceptional collection of model trains, gobs of sound equipment, cool rock clothing and, hey, how about a Neil Young guitar? That would make some lucky twanger pretty happy at Christmas Julien’s Auctions will honor the rock legend in an auction presenting the multi-Grammy and Juno award winning singer/songwriter’s ...

Olivia de Havilland: still fighting “Feuds” at 101 2

Featured · Film
Revelations of predatory behavior against women first exposed in the film industry have spread to other corridors of power. The headlines have overshadowed a parallel story involving the shameless disrespect of an iconic figure of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She fought for, and changed, the way the entertainment business is conducted. That woman, now 101 years ...

‘Rebels on Pointe,’ a film about the pursuit of human happiness

Dance · Film
“I can be myself. I can wear tutus. Why not?” asks the Cuban-born ballet dancer. Carlos Hopuy, in a matter-of-fact tone. He adds, “Those little things change the world.” Hopuy voices these comments with the candor of a liberated person — he’s one of the members of the male-travestie troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte ...