Talent in the room! Limón Company commissions new works for 75th anniversary season

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Some may have missed the moment when Dante Puleio assumed the helm of Limón Dance Company as Artistic Director. It happened during the summer of 2020. The world was in pandemic lockdown, and the dance universe faced one of the most difficult periods in its history. Yet somehow, Puleio, a former Limón company member, has ...

TCM Classic Film Festival brings subterfuge feminism to 2022 Fest

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pam grier, coffy (1973), in-person at tcm fest ed. note: artsmeme is pleased to have steve farber back to its team coverage of tcm fest. steve offers some of his picks for the 2022 festival. After a full three years away, I look forward to returning to this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival . The ...

To San Diego, for Fosse’s Dancin’!

Dance · Theater
bob fosse’s dancin’ in rehearsals. Photo by julieta dervantes It will be a reckoning. I have been researching Bob Fosse through his several biographies and of course, critically, through his movies. So, the advent of a major revival of Dancin‘ the original Broadway production created, directed, and choreographed by Fosse, this time directed and staged ...

REVIEW: Three diverse dancers, a crow, and a ritual

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photo: maria baronova Ashwini Ramaswamy charted her own distinct course onstage at the Baryshnikov Arts Center with an experimental Bharatanatyam (classical dance form of South India) work Let the Crows Come. After a two-year pandemic delay, the bold and refreshing work had its New York premiere and it proved worth the wait.   Ramaswamy, the ...

‘Rivers of Sound’: From the Euphrates to The Soraya

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ed. note: This story by jazz writer, Kirk Silsbee, was commissioned by The Soraya and first appeared on the theater’s blogsite. Composer Amir ElSaffar, the innovative jazz trumpeter and director of the Rivers of Sound Orchestra, is calling his latest new work “a sonic embrace.” ElSaffar penned the expression to describe Emergence, a sound experience ...

‘Honey, I’m home!’: the movie mating-game of Nicole Kidman

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Seriously. What’s a woman to do? She tried hard, so very hard. She tried for her kids and she tried for herself — because she loved the guy. But Ricky Ricardo’s serial womanizing accrued to such a degree that it caused a rupture in Lucy & Desi’s fine romance. This story is told in a ...

Lustful doings: Barcelona Flamenco Ballet @ The Alex

Dance · Music
Suspense, intrigue, sex, scandal, love. That sounds like a pretty typical Saturday night in Glendale, California. But the town’s lustful doings will notch up to a new level Saturday April 16, when the historic Alex Theatre presents Luxurîa (“Lust”), a flamenco dance-theater sensation from Spain’s internationally renowned Barcelona Flamenco Ballet. Barcelona Flamenco Ballet artistic directors, ...

Ballet Monte-Carlo’s good-looking ‘Romeo & Juliet, soon at Segerstrom

Dance
Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot‘s Roméo et Juliette (1996) created for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1996 may not be a new production, but boy does it look swankily danced, and designed, by some stunning dancers in these photos. So we’re going. Maillot has been artistic director of the company since 1993. The ballet is staged to ...

‘Long live Sondheim,’ pianist Anthony de Mare soon to pronounce at Royce

Music
It sounds so intriguing doesn’t it? In 2007, Anthony de Mare, a champion of contemporary music and devotee of the musical theater genius of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) embarked on a project that has proven enduring. His big idea was to commission leading composers in jazz, film, theater and classical music, and the pop world, ...

Being alive, with Special Oscar honoree Liv Ullmann

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She speaks hesitantly; listening, you wonder if there is a problem, perhaps a cognitive disorder. She meanders, and seems vague and scattered. But if you take the time, just eight minutes, to experience this beautiful set of remarks delivered by actress Liv Ullmann, on the weekend she is receiving a Special Oscar at the Awards ...