The 106-Year-Old Dancer Who Hates The Word Old

Eileen Kramer still dances every day. And she also “writes a story a day from her Sydney aged-care facility, publishes books and has entered Australia’s most prestigious painting competition. After decades living abroad, Ms Kramer returned to her home city of Sydney aged 99. Since then, she’s collaborated with artists to create several videos that showcase her primary talent and lifelong passion: dancing.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Australia, Dance, Sydney, Kramer, Eileen Kramer, 05.31.21

The Prado Is Taking Its Art To The Streets

In replica form, that is. “Exact replicas of masterpieces from the Prado museum, including paintings by Goya, El Greco, and Fra Angelico, have been installed behind tree branches, inside airport security stations, on the sides of buildings, and along wrought-iron fences.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Prado, Visual, 05.31.21, Goya El Greco

The Hollywood Bowl Is On Plan C, Full Reopen

As vaccines spread and COVID-19 numbers drop, “concert and theater venues are scrambling to keep up and figure out when and how to welcome back the crowds they depend on. For the Hollywood Bowl — perhaps the most celebrated outdoor venue in the nation — that has meant making plans, and ripping them up again, as it rides rapidly changing county and state regulations and shifting public attitudes ahead of its planned July 3 opening.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood Bowl, 05.28.21

Mary Beard: Ancient Rome Never Disappoints

The Cambridge classics professor (and Twitter, TV, and book star) says that our desire to compare the U.S. to ancient Rome is normal – but not sensible. “Rome, in a way, doesn’t matter at all. It’s a very long time ago; no one’s going to get hurt by them. … Rome helps us stand outside ourselves. For me, Rome was a brutal and exploitative empire. But the idea of looking at a big, nasty imperial community who saw their origin in migration, in asylum, and that always traded on the incorporation of...
Tags: Art, Rome, Cambridge, Mary Beard, Issues, Twitter TV, 05.31.21

The Science Of Pleasure

It goes way – way – beyond dopamine. “You could say that dopamine is to happiness what petrol is to a car; it’s an integral part of making it work, but if you were to literally fill your car with petrol, to the point where it’s leaking out the windows, that wouldn’t help anyone.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.31.21

Oh, Great — Now Going Back To Movie Theaters Will Become Part Of The Culture Wars

Owen Gleiberman: “To go or not to go? To believe in the primacy of the communal, cathartic big-screen experience or to see it as a stodgy, unhip relic? No one thought this way about the movie theater versus VHS or DVD; the industry wasted no time transforming those technologies into ancillary markets that helped keep movies afloat. But streaming has changed the chemistry. The two radically different ways of experiencing filmed dramatic entertainment (theater vs. home) will now be competing as n...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Owen Gleiberman, 05.31.21

Australia’s National Arts Policy Needs A Rethink

After the terrible effects of COVID-19 on the arts, what should Australia do next? One think tank says the country, where arts funding dropped in the years leading up to 2020, needs a plan to “ensure creatives industries have a place at the ‘big table’ of decision making and budgets.” – ArtsHub
Tags: Art, Australia, Issues, 05.29.21

The Era Of The Big Comedy Film Is Over

TV shows, TikTok, live mini-shows, Instagram Stories, and memes – comedy has changed. Even the second Borat movie, though it was made and was fairly popular, only shows that “the form itself is in transit, evolving and branching out into a multiplicity of approaches that reflect the diverse and pulsating world we now live in.” – Prospect (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Instagram Stories, 05.22.21

An Opera By The Dean Of Black American Composers Finally Retakes The Stage

William Grant Still’s one-act Highway 1, U.S.A. has barely been seen since its 1963 premiere, but it’s being brought back to life this summer by Opera Theater of St. Louis with a cast headed by Nicole Cabell and Will Liverman and no less than Leonard Slatkin conducting. Yet it wouldn’t have happened at all if not for COVID. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, William Grant, Leonard Slatkin, Will Liverman, Nicole Cabell, Opera Theater of St Louis, 05.28.21, Dean Of Black American Composers

Why ‘The Great British Baking Show’, ‘Project Runway’, And Other Reality TV Competitions Have Been The Hits Of The COVID Era

“Rather than offering an escapist vision of a world unravaged by pandemic, I’ve taken reassurance from the way these shows offer an escapist vision of pandemic. They present quarantine conditions as a utopia in which creative laborers, isolated in a single space for an extended period of time, yield art validated through external adjudication. They have ‘flourished,’ instead of slowly sinking into their couches.” – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 05.27.21

Remembering Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Famed Canadian Architect

Oberlander, who died at the age of 99 in May, had a long, rich career whose influence continues to grow. She was “an early proponent of rewilding, community consultation, pedestrian-friendly accessibility and creative playgrounds for children,” and her devotion to green spaces and the influence of greenery on humans “tell a story of a great mind that spearheaded change and championed excellence in her profession.” – Wallpaper
Tags: Art, People, Oberlander, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, 05.24.21

‘Michelangelo of Middlesbrough’ hailed for 27,000-hour model project

Lockdown hobbyist painted 1m tiny cobbles for scale model of Yorkshire town’s demolished St Hilda’s district Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown has inspired many of us to take up new hobbies, but for one Middlesbrough man, the pandemic just meant more time to devote to a mammoth project already nine years in the making.“It was business as usual,” says Steve Waller, 61, a model artist and historian known affectionately as the “Michelangelo of Middlesbrough” who h...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Yorkshire, Hobbies, Middlesbrough, Michelangelo, St Hilda, Steve Waller, Coronavirus

Getting New York’s Comedy Clubs Reopened Is No Laughing Matter

With capacity restrictions, social distancing rules, other safety measures, and eager-but-nervous audiences and performers, venues from mighty Caroline’s to tiny Stand Up NY have some difficult tricks to pull off. There are some good jokes, though. (Brian Scott McFadden: “I spoke with my agent and I can’t get COVID because I have a deal with Ebola.”) – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Caroline, 05.28.21, Brian Scott McFadden

There Is No Such Thing As Renaissance Philosophy

The facts just don’t bear it out. “It’s questionable that there ever really was a ‘movement’ other than in the mind of 19th- and early 20th-century historians.” Perhaps one conclusion is that classifications like “the Renaissance” are not great mechanisms for understanding the world of ideas, or the historical world either. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.31.21

When ISIS Made Off With A Magritte Nude (Which Made It Back Intact!)

In 2009, a pair of thieves got into the René Magritte Museum in the Brussels suburb of Jette, located in the artist’s former home, and stole Olympia, a reclining nude portrait of his wife. The painting was returned two years later, after what amounted to a ransom payment by the museum’s insurer. The assumption had been that the robbers were connected to an Eastern European organized crime ring; in fact, the apparent thief went on to take part in Belgium’s worst ever terrorist incident. Here’s h...
Tags: Art, Isis, Belgium, Brussels, Visual, Olympia, Jette, 05.27.21, Magritte Museum

Liam Scarlett’s Death Did Not Happen The Way Everyone Presumed It Did

The British choreographer, aged 35, died in April, one day after the Royal Danish Ballet announced it was cancelling its staging of his Frankenstein over #MeToo allegations against him; similar accusations led to his firing from London’s Royal Ballet in 2020. The widespread assumption was that Scarlett committed suicide after the release of the news from Copenhagen; in fact, he had been admitted to a hospital, unconscious, four days earlier. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, People, Dance, Royal Ballet, Copenhagen, Frankenstein, Scarlett, Royal Danish Ballet, Liam Scarlett, 05.28.21

Raimund Hoghe, Who Created Dances For His Own Nonnormative Body, Dead At 72

Five feet tall and born with a curved spine, he was a young journalist interviewing Pina Bausch when she asked him to work with her; after a decade, he began making pieces of his own. His solo work, whether for himself or colleagues, tended toward the political; his dances for larger ensembles mixed contemporary ballet with butoh and set it to the likes of Liza Minnelli and Maria Callas. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Pina Bausch, Liza Minnelli, Maria Callas, 05.31.21, Raimund Hoghe

Lois Ehlert, Illustrator Of Colorful Books Like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, 86

Ehlert created 38 books for young children as an author and illustrator. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which she illustrated with her signature collages, has sold more than 12 million copies since its publication. She was a Caldecott winner for the 1997 board book Color Zoo. “Her workday, she said, was a never-ending series of paper cuts.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Ehlert, Lois Ehlert, 05.30.21

These Protesters Faced Down The Colombian Cops By Voguing

As a crowd marched in Bogotá against poverty and police violence, three twenty-something queer folks whose dance video had gone viral a couple of weeks earlier were urged by their fellow demonstrators to go right up to the riot police on the stairs at Plaza Bolívar and work it. And they did. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Bogota, Plaza Bolívar, 05.31.21

These Unpublished Charles Schultz Cartoons Are About (!!) Adults

Here’s the story of a set of seven comic strips, called “the Hagemeyer strips” after their main character, set in an office, with protagonists who seem an awful lot like grownup versions of Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt. (Poor Charlie Brown — the Lucy character is his boss.) – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Lucy van Pelt, 05.31.21

Arts Groups To UK: Thanks For Offering Us Relief Funding — Now Could You Please Actually Send It?

“Hundreds of arts organisations that received grants in the Culture Recovery Fund’s second round are still waiting for money to be paid out, causing damaging cashflow problems and delaying projects, … despite the second round of CRF being specifically designed to support companies during April to June.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, CRF, 05.28.21

At 4,300 Years, This May The World’s Oldest War Memorial

“A huge burial mound holding the corpses of at least 30 warriors in Syria could be the oldest war memorial ever discovered, dating back at least 4,300 years at the now submerged site of Tell Banat, said a team of archaeologists. The memorial is also the first example of a particular type of monument described in ancient inscriptions from Mesopotamia in which the bodies of either enemies or local battle dead are piled up to form a highly organized structure.” – Live Science
Tags: Art, Syria, World, Visual, Mesopotamia, 05.31.21, Tell Banat

The Airline Toilets Theatre Company: Watch One Man Stage Comical Shows in Airplane Bathrooms

When COVID 19 struck, theater lovers were faced with a choice. Let go entirely, or expand our definitions of what constitutes “theater.” We’ve had 14 months to get used to the idea of performances staged in closets, in podcast form, or as phone calls hinging on audience participation. We’re sick of Zoom, but we no longer consider it mandatory for the players to inhabit the same space as each other or the audience. This is all old news to Peter Brooke Turner, a member of the Ukulele O...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Comedy, London, College, Singapore, Theatre, US, Jimi Hendrix, Creativity, Bob Dylan, Daniel Craig, Auckland, Turner, Brian May, Abraham Lincoln

Theatrefolk Featured Play – Completely, Absolutely Normal: Vignettes About LGBTQ+ Teens by Bradley Walton

Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. Completely, Absolutely Normal: Vignettes About LGBTQ+ Teens by Bradley Walton is a collection of ten interconnected vignettes with LGBTQ+ themes that are unified by the emotion and humanity found in anyone who is completely, absolutely normal. A girl’s big moment of coming out takes an unexpected turn. High school sweethearts […]
Tags: Character Study, Theatre, Production, Lgbtq, Acting, Dramedy, School Plays, Vignettes, High School Plays, Theatrefolk plays, Issue-based, Bradley Walton, Completely Absolutely Normal

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