Category Archives: Performance Art

A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF LEOS CARAX

The past few days we’ve been at TIFF many times to see the full output of a largely unappreciated film master, Leos Carax (b. 1960). Here we shall only try to briefly get to the nub of this complex, incisive … Continue reading

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THE MUSIC OF GRAPHIC ART

Last week we attended a musical event that ruffled a lot of feathers. It will be covered in some detail on Friday’s blog; but, for now, suffice it to say that the percussive aspect was more than most members of … Continue reading

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YANG FUDONG’S NEW WOMEN: COMMUNING WITH NEW FILMMAKING

Amidst all the buzz of anticipation about the Toronto Film Festival in September, something very quiet and very engaging has settled into the exhibition space at TIFF. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker, Yang Fudong, was commissioned by TIFF to develop … Continue reading

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THE EDGY SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN—DESIGNING FOR BALANCE

You may think designing shoes would be a fairly straightforward craft. But one designer in that field has chosen to make it a mystery. And we can thank our lucky stars he has!

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SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING OLD: THE DANCES OF MARK MORRIS

Mark Morris is a brilliant and deservedly renowned choreographer, no doubt about it. His devising of dance vocabulary for the individual and for groups sends through his programs silky kaleidoscopic jet streams endowing his kinetic architecture with an unmistakably contemporary … Continue reading

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JACKIE BROWN—TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!

Generally regarded as Quentin Tarantino’s gift to the ladies, Jackie Brown has been pegged as his lightest film.

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PARTIAL ECLIPSE AND THE ARTIST’S HEART

Two recent musical events bring front and center the disconcerting and provoking reality of remarkable creative powers attracting minuscule attention. Now, we’re all well-versed in the cliche that every contribution along these lines can be “personally” rewarding. But that truism … Continue reading

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WHAT DO RODIN AND ROCKABILLY HAVE IN COMMON?

Last month was notable for two performance events that, in their eccentricity, provided almost as much food for thought as masterworks would. We don’t usually get struck by musical and dramatic inspiration in a department store. But outside Macy’s in … Continue reading

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WONDERMENT SLIPPING AWAY: TERRENCE MALICK”S TO THE WONDER

It’s quite a challenge giving a quick sketch of a film narrative that is even more complex and subtle than a Dostoyevsky novel. But I think it’s important to alert as many thoughtful readers and viewers as possible to Terrence … Continue reading

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