Shelley Duvall, in her special dance as Olive Oyl, recalled by Sharon Kinney, her choreographer 1

Dance · Film
Seen above, a personal photo published with permission. It is a beatific pose by the recently deceased actress Shelley Duvall dancing as Olive Oyl in director Robert Altman’s “Popeye” (1980). Duvall (1949-2024), who recently passed away, led a long and memorable career primarily as a character actress, but in this case she played a full ...

USC librarian Ned Comstock, beloved by film scholars, is no more 1

Film
photo credit marilee bradford The material would arrive unannounced—by email attachment. Lengthy, well-organized PDF documents of pages scanned from books, bundled, as complete packages with title pages, footnotes and relevant index pages. They were every researcher’s dream. They were culled from the depths of USC Cinematic Arts Library by a knowledgeable, passionate, and brilliant, really, ...

Revisiting ‘Seven New Dances’ as a periscope to Paul Taylor’s future, at 92NY

Dance
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It has become a celebrated and notorious moment in modern dance history: Paul Taylor’s Seven New Dances, the evening of purposely un-dancey pieces that inspired the now-famous blank newspaper review by Louis Horst. On May 13, reconstructions of works from that evening will take the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y, ...

Mesmerizing balletic ode to Virginia Woolf new signature work for American Ballet Theatre 2

Dance · Reviews
American Ballet Theatre, now in its eighth decade, reclaims its mantle as a font of top international repertoire with “Woolf Works,” a theatrical evocation of three novellas written by the most poetic of 20th century authors, Virginia Woolf. The ambitious full-evening ballet has contemporary-classical choreography by Briton Wayne McGregor to a moody and rambunctious original ...

What’s in ABT’s ‘Woolf Works,’ soon at Segerstrom?

Dance
We’ve been seeing intriguing images, not to mention advertisements, including ones running here on artsmeme, for American Ballet Theatre‘s new production of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, playing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in five performances, April 11 – 14. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf — an author this woman writer so greatly ...

A happy ceremony for La Cérémonie (1995) at Laemmle Anniversary Classics

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ed. note: To mark the 30th anniversary of French auteur Claude Chabrol’s dark masterpiece, La Cérémonie (1994), Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classic Series present a special screening of the film followed by a with a conversation between host Stephen Farber and actress Jacqueline Bisset, in person, at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Santa Monica. ...

Poised for paw prints at TCM Classic Film Fest 2024: Jodie Foster

Film
Hollywood has special affection for kid actors. The best of them are survivors, and craftspeople for whom the presence of a a movie camera is nearly an extension of their own selves. And that well describes the natural way that Jodie Foster, grabbed attention at age ten in her first movie, Alice Doesn’t Live Here ...

Key ingredient in Ebony Rep’s STEW? Family!

Theater
She’s equal parts Mildred Pierce, Julia Child, and Danai Gurira. She’s in her muu-muu with house slippers. Her hair is wrapped, and she’s cooking. She’s Greta Oblesby, playing “Mama,” in a marvelous, alive production of Zora Howard’s Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted play, STEW. Newly produced by Ebony Repertory Theater and directed by Jade King Carroll, it’s now ...

From Fahey-Klein, Agnes Varda photography

Film · Visual arts
Cuba, Men on Skates, January, 1963Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. 2/513 1/16 x 19 15/16 inchesSigned, stamped, titled, dated, numbered, Signed by Estate Executor, Estate stamped versoSigned by Agnes Varda La Terrasse du Corbusier, Marseille, France, 1956Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. of 10Signed by Agnès Varda, titled, dated, numbered, Signed by Estate Executor, Estate stamped verso11 3/4 ...

The many modes of Chita Rivera

Dance
Let’s watch this great dancer/entertainer, Chita Rivera (1933-2024), do her thing in her 2005 show “The Dancer’s Life,” in which she pays homage to her choreographers, Jack Cole, Peter Gennaro, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins. It is a brilliant montage impeccably performed. Rivera found this luminous path to continue to share her gifts well into ...