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January 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - The artistic director of Russia's famed Bolshoi Ballet was attacked by an assailant who threw acid in his face, police and theater officials said Friday. The assault followed what a colleague said were several weeks of threats and intimidation. Sergei Filin was about to enter his house in downtown Moscow just before midnight Thursday when a masked stranger called him by his name and then flung the acid, Bolshoi's spokeswoman Yekaterina Novikova said. Filin, 42, suffered third-degree burns to his face and damage to the corneas of his eyes.
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April 19, 2014 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Dancer-choreographer Danielle Agami, artistic director of Ate9 Dance Company, dislikes voice mail, cameras and mirrors. Indeed, for someone whose career is so body-centric, the mirror has been noticeably absent in her dance practice for more than a decade. But Israeli-born Agami, 29, has never been one to hew to tradition. When her eight-member troupe premieres her latest full-evening work, "Mouth to Mouth," at Los Angeles Theatre Center April 26 and May 3, expect a supremely idiosyncratic performance.
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April 4, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Two days after news broke that Nicola Formichetti was out as creative director at the French fashion house founded by Thierry Mugler , Italy's denim-based Diesel brand announced Thursday that it had tapped the social-media-savvy stylist and designer -- the one who notoriously styled Lady Gaga in a Franc Fernandez  dress made of raw meat -- to serve as artistic director. According to Diesel's announcement, Formichetti will "oversee all creative activities of the Diesel main line, including the areas of product, communications and interior design," as well as spearhead a project dubbed "Diesel Reboot," for which he plans "to mobilize an emerging global creative community to collaborate with him" via a dedicated tumblr page . Rumors of where Formichetti would go next had been swirling since reports surfaced Tuesday that he and Mugler had parted ways "by mutual agreement," and several hours ago he fittingly took to his Twitter account to confirm where he'd landed, posting in part: "Buongiorno!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Peter Brook: The Tightrope" illuminates the two-time Tony-winning theater director's method of working with actors - but little else. The acting exercise of the film's title involves thespians toeing diagonally across a Persian rug, as if on a tightrope, swaying their bodies and stretching out their arms as if to gain balance. The difficulty escalates with the introduction of imaginary obstacles such as fires and cascades of water. So instructional is the film, directed by Brook's son, Simon, that it feels like one of those P90X or Insanity home fitness programs: Try this at home.
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November 30, 2011
Completing a directorial swap between California and Kentucky, Actors Theatre of Louisville announced Tuesday that Les Waters, associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 2003, will be its next artistic director. Waters, a 59-year-old native of northern England, will start his new gig in March, succeeding Marc Masterson, who had led Actors Theatre for nearly 11 years before being grabbed earlier this year as the new artistic director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
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October 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian filmmaker behind such sexually charged movies as "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Dreamers," will be the guest artistic director at this year's AFI Fest. In the role, the 72-year-old director-writer will screen four of his favorite films: the musical "42nd Street," the silent film "Sunrise" and the French films "La Regle du Jeu" and "Vivre Sa Vie. " The festival also will screen "Electric Chair," a behind-the-scenes look at how Bertolucci put together his upcoming film "Me and You" -- the first Italian-language film he has made in 30 years.
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September 13, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Sheldon Epps has renewed his contract as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, and Elizabeth Doran will join him as its new executive director after nearly four years as managing director of the Actors' Gang in Culver City. Epps has led the company since 1997 and helped see it through the 2010 financial crisis in which the playhouse closed for eight months, then emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After shedding more than $1 million in debt, it has regained its balance with two successful seasons, winning good reviews for four of the five plays staged in 2011-12.
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February 5, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
South Coast Repertory announced Thursday that it aims to name a new artistic director in time for the season that begins in September, succeeding artistic director Martin Benson and producing artistic director David Emmes, the co-founders who have led the acclaimed Costa Mesa theater since 1964. Benson, 72, and Emmes, 71, won't be retiring, the theater said in a statement, but will continue under the title of founding directors, advising their successor and taking "an active role" in finding and developing the new plays that have been South Coast's leading claim to fame.
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July 4, 1986 | From Associated Press
The rank and medal of chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France have been conferred on Charles Wadsworth, artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya and Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Police detained and questioned three people, including a principal Bolshoi Ballet dancer, as suspects in the acid attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi's artistic director, a crime that cast a shadow on Moscow's iconic company and exposed bitter infighting among its dancers. Principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, detained Tuesday, was reportedly suspected of masterminding the attack. Police also brought in Yuri Zarutski, 35, believed to be Filin's assailant, as well as Andrei Lipatov, a man suspected of driving Zarutski to and from the attack, according to a statement on the Interior Ministry website.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | Oliver Gettell
"Snowpiercer," South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film set aboard a speeding train, is to open the 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 11-19. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer" is set in a world where a failed global-warming experiment has killed off most life on the planet, and the final survivors reside aboard a train that travels around the frozen globe via a perpetual-motion engine. Incited by cryptic messages, the oppressed passengers in the rear section of the train revolt against the elites upfront.
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February 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
SAN DIEGO - A fascinating experiment is underway at San Diego's flagship theater, the Old Globe. Now under the leadership of Barry Edelstein, the theater is seeking a return to the form of its Tony-winning heyday under Jack O'Brien. Can the Globe's outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival be reshaped into a national center for the very best in American Shakespeare? That might seem like an overreaching quest, but in appointing Edelstein artistic director, the board of directors has chosen a bona fide Shakespeare expert to lead the charge.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By David Ng
One of the defining collaborations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's career was his long association with New York's Labyrinth Theater Company, which he helped to found and where he served as an artistic director for many years. A new fundraising campaign, organized in part by actor Edward Norton, was launched earlier this week in Hoffman's memory that is intended to benefit the Labyrinth. The Crowdrise campaign has so far raised nearly $12,000 for the company. "All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil's great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit," says the campaign.
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February 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Unlike many A-list Hollywood stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman never left theater behind. Stage acting and directing remained a cornerstone of Hoffman's career, which encompassed the lofty heights of Broadway and the less-exalted world of small theater. After Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his New York apartment, the victim of an apparent overdose, according to police, those who worked closely with him described him as an intense stage performer who sometimes inhabited the roles he played to an extreme and troubling degree.
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January 31, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
Whoever is ultimately at fault in the conflict between actor Steven Berkoff and director William Friedkin that led to the postponement of the Geffen Playhouse's much anticipated production of “The Birthday Party,” there's no denying that the botched handling of the situation was a loss for the Geffen, the artistic company and Los Angeles theater. I was looking forward to reencountering this early Pinter classic more than almost any other production this season. The last revival I saw was ages ago off-Broadway, the Classic Stage Company's astringent 1989 production with Jean Stapleton and David Strathairn.
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December 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization that promotes nonprofit theater, has named Diane Rodriguez to the position of board chair. Rodriguez currently works as an associate producer and director of new play production at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Rodriguez is succeeding Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as TCG board chair. Other new board appointments include "Stick Fly" playwright Lydia Diamond as co-vice president alongside Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
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September 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Gérard Mortier has been replaced as the artistic director of the Teatro Real opera company in Madrid, the organization announced on Wednesday. Mortier, who recently had started undergoing treatment for cancer and whose tenure wasn't set to expire until 2016, will be succeeded at the helm of the company by Joan Matabosch, who was the artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. The appointment of Matabosch is effective immediately and his tenure will last for at least six years, the company said.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Nicolas Ghesquière has been confirmed as the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Ghesquière, who turned Balenciaga into the hottest brand in French fashion during his tenure there, succeeds Marc Jacobs, who left last month after 16 years at the brand. "The Maison Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière, one of today's greatest talents," according to a statement by the house. "He will bring a modern creative vision to the House's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality which are at the heart of the Louis Vuitton Maison since 1854.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Susan King
Film and television director Robert Mandel ("F/X," "Lost") is stepping down as dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of June 2014, the American Film Institute announced Monday. After nine years as academic head of the graduate-level film school, Mandel will be returning to directing while remaining on the faculty. Mandel is an alumnus of the conservatory's class of 1979. "Mandel embodies the ideal of the AFI Conservatory: storytellers who have enjoyed great acclaim returning to share their trials and triumphs with storytellers of the future," AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Theater leaders in Southern California will convene for a second panel on racial diversity that will serve as a sequel of sorts to last year's discussion hosted by East West Players in downtown Los Angeles. The upcoming panel will be held Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. While last year's event was by invitation only, the upcoming discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists expected to attend include Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players; and Jessica Kubzansky, co-artistic director of the Theatre @ Boston Court.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The 2012 panel was convened in response to a production of the Duncan Sheik musical "The Nightingale" at the La Jolla Playhouse earlier that year.
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