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November 26, 2009
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." It's a film that takes you inside the essence of dance in such an intense way that if you don't already swoon over this art form, you'll wonder what took you so long. To be so close to these performers is to understand what makes ballet such an elevated form of human activity. Choreographer Maurice Bejart defined a ballet dancer as "half nun, half boxer," and it is the triumph of Wiseman's method, and this film, that it shows exactly what Bejart meant.
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May 20, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How do you describe someone who's directed 38 films, 36 of them documentaries, a filmmaker whose work provides an expansive and unparalleled portrait of how people and institutions function in the modern world? There really are only two words you can use: Frederick Wiseman. "I like working, I work all the time. It keeps me off the streets," the director says wryly of his investigations, which range in length from the 73-minute "High School" to "Near Death's" nearly six-hour examination of an intensive care unit.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." Wiseman has been making his kind of quiet but potent documentaries for decades. "La Danse" is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho state legislature, a Chicago public housing development and the Neiman Marcus department store. As a director, Wiseman's approach is unvarying.
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January 1, 2010 | By Moira Macdonald
What, gone so soon? How can this be? Already, '09's end we see? Was "Bride Wars" here one year ago? Or just a nightmare? (Don't say no.) Twelve months of film can slip right by As fast as zombie blood can fly. But nonetheless, let's take some time And look back on the year -- in rhyme! First let's recall, with palms still damp That "New Moon" tale of girl and vamp (And on that note, a question keen: Could Jacob beat up Wolverine?
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November 19, 2009
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." A rogue detective navigates New Orleans crime and his own drug addiction. "The Blind Side." True story of an affluent family that takes in a homeless youth who becomes a pro football player. "The Messenger." Two officers must notify loved ones of fallen soldiers. "Planet 51." A U.S. astronaut lands on a distant planet to discover little green beings that are afraid of him. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." A teen is drawn into the world of werewolves after her vampire boyfriend leaves.
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June 30, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Three times on Saturday at the E. Nakamichi/UCLA Baroque Festival in Royce Hall, a handsome, if problematic staging of Jean-Phillipe Rameau's 1739 opera-ballet "Les Fetes d'Hebe ou Les Talents Lyriques" offered the same historical revelation: dances absolutely integral to the prevailing dramatic conception.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Moira Macdonald
What, gone so soon? How can this be? Already, '09's end we see? Was "Bride Wars" here one year ago? Or just a nightmare? (Don't say no.) Twelve months of film can slip right by As fast as zombie blood can fly. But nonetheless, let's take some time And look back on the year -- in rhyme! First let's recall, with palms still damp That "New Moon" tale of girl and vamp (And on that note, a question keen: Could Jacob beat up Wolverine?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How do you describe someone who's directed 38 films, 36 of them documentaries, a filmmaker whose work provides an expansive and unparalleled portrait of how people and institutions function in the modern world? There really are only two words you can use: Frederick Wiseman. "I like working, I work all the time. It keeps me off the streets," the director says wryly of his investigations, which range in length from the 73-minute "High School" to "Near Death's" nearly six-hour examination of an intensive care unit.
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April 29, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
The most versatile, most innovative Cajun band around, Beausoleil manages with each album to both strengthen the music's roots and lengthen its branches. "La Danse de la Vie" finds the group in peak form. The title track opens the album thematically and musically, echoing the ancient tunes on which the group's six members cut their teeth.
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September 16, 2002 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
LYON, France--Contemporary dance launched the 10th Biennale de la Danse with high achievement on Tuesday but threatened to bottom out by the end of the week. With a dancer's injury causing the postponement of a world premiere by French choreographer Maguy Marin, and companies from Chile, Brazil and Argentina introducing problematic modernism, the Biennale's 20-day "Terra Latina" festival needed a whole different kind of buzz to restore its luster.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2009
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." It's a film that takes you inside the essence of dance in such an intense way that if you don't already swoon over this art form, you'll wonder what took you so long. To be so close to these performers is to understand what makes ballet such an elevated form of human activity. Choreographer Maurice Bejart defined a ballet dancer as "half nun, half boxer," and it is the triumph of Wiseman's method, and this film, that it shows exactly what Bejart meant.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." Wiseman has been making his kind of quiet but potent documentaries for decades. "La Danse" is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho state legislature, a Chicago public housing development and the Neiman Marcus department store. As a director, Wiseman's approach is unvarying.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." A rogue detective navigates New Orleans crime and his own drug addiction. "The Blind Side." True story of an affluent family that takes in a homeless youth who becomes a pro football player. "The Messenger." Two officers must notify loved ones of fallen soldiers. "Planet 51." A U.S. astronaut lands on a distant planet to discover little green beings that are afraid of him. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." A teen is drawn into the world of werewolves after her vampire boyfriend leaves.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2002 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
LYON, France--Contemporary dance launched the 10th Biennale de la Danse with high achievement on Tuesday but threatened to bottom out by the end of the week. With a dancer's injury causing the postponement of a world premiere by French choreographer Maguy Marin, and companies from Chile, Brazil and Argentina introducing problematic modernism, the Biennale's 20-day "Terra Latina" festival needed a whole different kind of buzz to restore its luster.
NEWS
April 29, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
The most versatile, most innovative Cajun band around, Beausoleil manages with each album to both strengthen the music's roots and lengthen its branches. "La Danse de la Vie" finds the group in peak form. The title track opens the album thematically and musically, echoing the ancient tunes on which the group's six members cut their teeth.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Three times on Saturday at the E. Nakamichi/UCLA Baroque Festival in Royce Hall, a handsome, if problematic staging of Jean-Phillipe Rameau's 1739 opera-ballet "Les Fetes d'Hebe ou Les Talents Lyriques" offered the same historical revelation: dances absolutely integral to the prevailing dramatic conception.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Dance in Lyon: Seventeen American dance companies will take part in more than 60 events representing the history of dance in America at the fourth Lyon Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France, this fall. "An American Story: A Century of Dance in the United States" will be held Sept. 13 to Oct. 6. Invited to perform are the companies of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitzky, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs and Jose Limon.
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