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December 11, 2011 |
Ron Fletcher, a former dancer and choreographer who helped popularize the Pilates exercise system when he opened the first West Coast studio in 1972, died Tuesday at his home in Stonewall, Texas. He was 90. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Kyria Sabin, director of Fletcher Pilates, which trains instructors in the exercise methods Fletcher developed based on the teachings of Joseph and Clara Pilates. Forty years ago, few people outside of New York, where the Pilates method was first taught, had heard of the unusual fitness regimen, which involved strange-looking machines and movements similar to yoga and calisthenics.
November 27, 2011 |
We all know what happens when great composers, writers and artists die: Their work lives on. But what about groundbreaking choreographers — say, Martha Graham, José Limon, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine — those creators whose inspiration floats on a flashing moment, an instant image, a looming structure, perhaps never to be recaptured? A question of survival follows. Because, unlike music (written in scores), art (hanging on museum walls) and books (housed in libraries)
February 20, 2011
Martha Graham Dance Company Where: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday Tickets: $20 to $45 Information: (714) 708-5555 or http://www.scr.org
February 20, 2011 |
At a distance, Martha Graham and Isamu Noguchi seem like very different creatures: The first was the product of a stern, Puritan-accented family from the mountains of Pennsylvania, the second was a Los Angeles-born, Japan-raised sculptor who strove in his work to unleash the energies of nature. Choreographer Graham was an intense, sometimes-imposing figure who spoke in portentous aphorisms; sculptor Noguchi an often-elegant, even-tempered presence. However unlikely the pairing, the two ended up sharing an artistic sensibility that led to one of the greatest and most productive creative unions of the 20th century.
June 10, 2009 |
Seeking to avoid the sort of bitter legal struggle that erupted over the rights to Martha Graham's repertory after her death in 1991, 90-year-old dance master Merce Cunningham and his Cunningham Dance Foundation unveiled a plan Tuesday for dealing with key artistic, preservation and administrative issues when the time comes that he can no longer direct the troupe. Following the choreographer's death or incapacitation, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will celebrate his legacy with a two-year world tour.
August 20, 2004 |
In the latest development in a long and bitter legal battle, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled this week that choreographer Martha Graham did not own most of the works she created and therefore could not leave them to her heir, Ron Protas.