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As Miss Saigon returns to the stage, what are the problems and pitfalls of staging a play set during an historical event?
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“Dancing the Dream,” an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, surveys dance in the United States over the last century as captured in photographs, film clips and posters.
Those living in richer postcodes had better melodic memory and beat perception, according to new analysis by researchers
Why are Dara Murphy’s plays the weirdest in the Theatrefolk catalogue?
Dance may not just be athletic or aesthetic, it can also be psychotherapeutic. With a wooden floor, a huge wall mirror, a ballet bar, and pillows on the floor with the word “relax” printed on them, the space combined a dance studio with a therapist's office...
A new Johns Hopkins study looks at the neuroscience of jazz and the power of improvisation.
St. Vincents dreamy work resists conventional music industry standards.
Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam: god, his retinue of angels, and their cloak map neatly onto some of the main neural structures, including the major sulci in the cerebellum, the pituitary gland, the frontal lobe, and the optic chiasm.
Ludovic Florent's new photoseries Poussières d’étoiles features nude dancers bodies in motion, capturing dancer's poses in moments of ecstasy, distress and grace. Each photograph is highlighted by the staging, a chalk and sand floor which enhances each movement, with dust clouds mirroring the appendage's motions to create a dramatic physical presence of their own.
Mozart was arguably the most naturally gifted musician in history, but he also worked assiduously to become far and away the greatest composer, pianist, violinist and conductor of his day – it was not just in one area of music that he was supreme, but in all fields.
Sarah Michelson (b. 1964), 4, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, January 2014. Photograph © Paula Court
Lyndsey Winship: Devised for a society in search of hyperstimulation, BitterSuite symphonies allow you to remain powerfully in the moment by teasing your senses in time with the music
A collection of films from the great Paris exhibition of 1900 have been restored, bringing back the brio and charm of performers such as Carlotta Zambelli and Little Tich, writes Judith Mackrell
By the time he was 14, Peter Quanz had choreographed his first ballet. He eventually got accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school he says, because of his choreography. He has created a work based on sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel.
Black MIDI packs notes so densely that the musical score, if written out, would look like a smear of black ink.
A simple credit card sized device lets you transform a plant into a piano or make a glass of water behave like a drum
On Valentine’s Day, De La Soul released most of their back catalog for free. Fans rejoiced at the unexpected gift, which included the albums 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Dead (1991), Buhloone Mind State (1993), and Stakes Is High (1996) and dozens of rare remixes,...
"...American artists have tried to stretch the American concept of tappers beyond dimpled cherubs and fat, black old men. According to Derick Grant, the handsome African-American master tapper in Jackie Pare’s "Tap or Die", it is still a struggle." Deirdre Towers, New York, NY.
Mariafrancesca Garritano, the La Scala dancer who was fired after writing a book exposing eating-disorders, has been unsuccessful in her appeal.
She’s been chased by burly men, sprayed with tear gas, and watched Egypt implode. But bellydancing Luna won’t slow down.
If you are a contemporary dance fan, you may know Lee Sher and Saar Harari as the creative force behind LeeSaar The Company. The two Israeli choreographers came to New York City in 2000, and over the next few years, created a small international troupe noted for its fierce stage presence, technical facility and ripe emotion. In short order, the accolades and commissions started pouring in: strong critical mentions from The New York Times, Dance View Times, Culturbot and The New Yorker; grants and fellowships (one being a Guggenheim in 2008); commissions (from the prestigious American Dance Festival in Durham, for example) and a Bessie (dance’s version of the Academy Awards) nomination for “Fame” in 2012.
In the altogether fantastic Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (public library) — one of the best biographies and memoirs of 2013 — Terry Teachout reveals that for the beloved composer, who was already a man of curious paradoxes, this creative duality was as palpable as the line between plagiarism and originality was blurred. Ellington, it turns out, made a regular habit of “borrowing” melodic fragments composed by the soloists in his famed orchestra, then transforming them into hit songs — without credit, creative or financial, to the originators.
A little something for the Dead Heads among us. JerryGarcia.com relaunched this past week, and boy does it deliver.