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.
November 20, 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." 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.
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.
September 16, 2002 |
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.
April 29, 1993 |
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.
June 30, 1986 |
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.