Kosloff, unfurled

Dance · Film
He worked for two of the greatest arts titans of the 20th century: Ballets Russes impresario Sergei Diaghilev and Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille. After a long career as a silent movie actor, Theodore Kosloff made his final film appearance in DeMille’s “Madam Satan,” DeMille’s failed movie musical created on the cusp of the Depression. ...

Radio celebrates ballet man Theodore Kosloff

Dance · Language & ideas
This cool guy is John Rabe. As host of KPCC-Pasadena’s “Off Ramp,” Rabe captures a mixed bag of hip stories in radio’s radiant realm as they tumble forth in the wee village of Los Angeles. This Saturday, March 8, at high noon, on 89.3 on your FM-radio dial [repeats Sunday 6 pm] Rabe’s “Off Ramp” ...

Guilty pleasure? No, guitar pleasure from masters Gismonti, Towner

Music · Reviews
I was needing to hear some music but the last days before trans-Atlantic travel were beyond hectic. Nothing was fitting. Couldn’t get over to the Coliseum for an opera opening; despite all desire couldn’t fit in that last Vengerov, but the soul was saying “You gots to do something..” Egberto Gismonti at the Barbican. How ...

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo plunges anew into “Swan Lake” 1

LAC-Angela Sterling-2
“Not your grandmother’s ‘Swan Lake,’” quipped one dance pundit in anticipation of  “LAC,” choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot‘s revisiting of ballet’s sacred cow — correction: its beloved swan. “LAC,” c’est le français for “lake.” The production by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo will enjoy its U.S. premiere next weekend on the stellar stage of Segerstrom Center for the ...

“Twin Visions” Witkin brothers @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
An immensely intriguing exhibition pairing the creative output of two brothers, identical twins, both fine artists one expressing himself in oil paint, the other through photography, has just opened at the LaBrea Avenue gallery of arts·meme friend Jack Rutberg. The show examines the mysteries of art from a new perspective, by adding a clever inquiry ...

Getting back to Ballet Black

Dance · Reviews
Now in its 13th shoestring-budgeted season Ballet Black’s chamber ballet company of eight has a reputation of performing far beyond its weight class. Its current mixed program, performed at Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, continues in kind. The creation of young Trinidadian-British Cassa Pancho to provide role models to aspiring young dancers ...

The ultimate Murray Perahia recital

Music writer Thomas Aujero Small contributes to arts·meme… In any great concert hall on the planet, this singular program with pianist Murray Perahia would be astonishing. At the height of his powers and maturity, he is one of our greatest living pianists. Perahia will perform Thursday evening at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal ...

Meet Fanchon, a successful Los Angeles woman of dance

Dance · Film
To pair with his biographical sketch on Fanchon published in the adjacent blog story, dance historian Larry Billman kindly provided arts·meme with photos of this slender and beguiling lady of arts and commerce. According to Billman, Fanchon, in her day, was an “industry” of Los Angeles dance: a successful Hollywood choreographer, producer, businesswoman and dance ...

Fantastic Fanny Wolff — refashioned as Fanchon!

Dance · Film
photo courtesy www.fanchonandmarco.com
FANCHON (Fanny Wolf/Wolff later Simon) b. Los Angeles, California, USA, September 14, 1892 (or 1895)d. Los Angeles, California, USA, February, 1965 (Obit for Fanchon Simon) Legendary dance director, film and stage producer, writer, lyricist, costume designer and prolific producer of prologues in movie theaters (live productions in conjunction with films, also called “Ideas”) for the ...

Fanchon and Marco, explored

Dance · Film
“Variety” called Fanchon and Marco “the most famous brother and sister producing team” and “the standard by which stage shows are judged.” Their work included productions for Paramount, Fox, Republic Pictures, MGM, the Ice Follies, the Hollywood Bowl, a talent school and and dance companies through the ’20s to the ’40s. An illustrated presentation will ...