California Literary Review

Performing Arts

Upcoming Season at the National Theatre, London: Sept. ‘12 – Feb. ‘13

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September 5th, 2012

Arthur Wing Pinero is another British talent getting a lot of attention at the moment, though sadly he is somewhat too dead to enjoy it. He lived from the 1850s to the 1930s, and seems to be having a bit of a revival at the moment.

Is there life after Fringe? Four shows that deserve longer runs.

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September 5th, 2012

In the meantime we Fringe attendees enjoy compiling our personal wish lists. Here, in addition to the shows praised in previous columns, is a critic’s lineup of productions that show promise.

Theatre Review: Three Men In A Boat, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England

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August 31st, 2012

There are laughs to be had, but this feels more like a sketch than a fully-fledged work.

Interview with the Late Mirta Hermida, Headmistress of the Cuban National Ballet School

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August 30th, 2012

Understanding that dancers’ careers had a limited time span and usually ended at the age of 30, Fernando and Alicia taught us how to teach, even as we learned. And so, by the age of 19 I had begun teaching.

Summertime Digital Dance Quiz

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August 26th, 2012

Which was more important to you in Billy Elliot—the dancing or the plot?

NYC Fringe Report: Domestic Disturbances

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August 23rd, 2012

Two of the standouts, Michelle Ramoni’s June and Nancy and Camilla Ammirati’s In the Ebb take place in very different times and places, but they share a common theme. Both stories include searching, imaginative female protagonists who struggle to discover themselves as they question the stability of their marriages.

NYC Fringe Report: Murder and Mayhem, California Style

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August 21st, 2012

East Coasters rarely think of Los Angeles as a great theater town. But, as two ambitious entries in this year’s New York International Fringe Festival prove, there’s a talent pool out there that has much more to offer than just good looks and cry-on-cue naturalism.

Six Days in Santiago with Richard Cragun

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August 12th, 2012

I wrote to Luz Lorca, Marcía Haydée’s assistant to ask whether Ricky happened to be in Santiago to help coach the company’s upcoming Mayerling. Just a few days later, Luz wrote back, “I am sorry to have to tell you that Richard Cragun died this morning in Rio. Marcía is devastated.”

An Interview with San Francisco Ballet Choreographer Myles Thatcher

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August 10th, 2012

It’s like a puzzle that needs to be cracked. It may seem to me that the steps are predetermined, but really, the music is dictating what should be there.

Album review: Purity Ring’s Shrines

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August 6th, 2012

James plays on her small-sounding voice a lot, which I found increasingly grating the more I listened to the album. It’s partly a personal intolerance for grown women playing twee but also there’s something frustrating about ambitious, wide instrumentals, whose breathy intimacy didn’t need any greater emphasis, being somewhat reduced by a vocal not always interesting enough to accompany them.

Interview: Cory Jreamz

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August 3rd, 2012

Recently turned 18, he’s already released a dense, interesting EP of smooth, electronic hip hop where sparkling synths and sax clash with clattering beats and sampling.

Spines, Wines and Dragonflies: Groovin’ in Stern Grove with the San Francisco Ballet

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August 1st, 2012

For me, Frances Chung and Daniel Deivison, as the couple in orange, delivered the most virtuosic performance, with lifts and counterpoint that in their athleticism seemed to channel something Olympic. The fanning of dancers on the floor, facing the audience like human footlights, was a touch of class that transported me from Grove to groove, as a blue dragonfly made a spectacular landing a leaf or two stage left of center.

Album Review: Passion Pit’s Gossamer

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July 30th, 2012

But like hunting for proof of Nessie or Bigfoot, these moments of inspiration that you took a smudgy photo of in your excitement vanish all too quickly, and you are left wondering if anything exciting actually happened at all.

Post:Ballet — Dreams, Seams, and Salience

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July 24th, 2012

What does Post:Ballet mean in terms of classical ballet? Is it a rejection of the classical vocabulary, an integration of classical with neo-classical and contemporary styles, or a step beyond what has gone before?

8 Questions with Dancer/Choreographer David Van Ligon

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July 23rd, 2012

It was very exciting to get to showcase one of my works for Company C, and I really enjoyed watching the piece come together. It was just thrilling to watch — from the videotape of me doing the initial steps, then to have the dancers understand my vision and afterward execute it.

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