Category Archives: Performance Art

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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HIGH DRAMA— DANGEROUSLY THRILLING MOMENTS IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

                                  Harper’s Bazaar (March, 1940) A.M. CassandreFashion that was really edgy! Here we behold the business of exciting beauty coming up against the shadows of death-dealing military forces. Staying cool in face of the horror of the imminent Nazi Occupation, … Continue reading

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HOME ON THE FREEWAY: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI’S LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Shown here is one aspect of Tokyo today, the one, as it happens, which exiled Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, takes a remarkably close look at in his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012). The Bar Rizzo is headquarters for … Continue reading

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MURAL ART: A CALL TO PARADISE

Since the time of cave-dwellers, there has been mural art. Installing imagery on a much-frequented structure has, through the ages, elicited much-needed focus upon what makes life worth living. From caves to cathedrals, the setting would act as a complement … Continue reading

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