March 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW - If spring is a season of rebirth, it seems appropriate, if coincidental, that the Bolshoi Ballet is hoping to move past its recent and ugly scandal with performances of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a dance about the healing power of nature and art. The Bolshoi Theatre festival "The Age of the Rite of Spring - the Age of Modernism" opens this week without its artistic director, Sergei Filin, who had designed the three-week celebration, one...
February 10, 2013 |
ROME - "For our next play, it's either Xenophon, Aristophanes or 17th century French comedy - and I would like some opinions," said the director to his troupe. The actors sitting around a theater in Rome had just settled in to discuss future projects - and to mull over how the last production they participated in became a film that had narrowly missed out on being an Oscar nominee. Keeping an eye on proceedings was a guard, since every performer was a convicted mobster or drug trafficker and the theater was in Rome's high-security Rebibbia prison.
January 20, 2013 |
At first blush, "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" sounds like a long-lost Monty Python skit about some bizarre time-tripping action-figure wrestling bout. Indeed, as the title hints, a cosmic smackdown between the pachyderm Hindu god and the German Führer takes center stage in the production from Australia's Back to Back Theatre company, which on Thursday opens a four-night run at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. But that epic confrontation is only one thread in the show's imaginative tapestry.
July 15, 2012 |
For 31 years, Raiford Rogers has given Los Angeles distinctive chamber ballets, immediately recognizable for their linear designs, meditative minimalism and musical acumen. Seeing how we like round numbers for anniversary parties, a celebration would have been warranted at last year's Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet concert. But that one fell on Carmaggedon weekend, turning attendance into a bit of a car wreck (to go with the metaphor). So what the heck, let's commemorate now. The company's annual gig took place Saturday at Luckman Fine Arts Complex, and Rogers and his 11 dancers premiered two pieces and reprised two others.
July 14, 2012 |
On the surface, Cate Blanchett would seem to be the least Chekhovian human being on the planet. No idle longing for Moscow for this international stage and screen star, whose frequent flier mileage must have broken the million mark since she and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, took over the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008 and became intercontinental barnstormers. Yet there she is, this paragon of professional fulfillment, garnering raves at home and abroad for her performance in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" as a trophy wife who has backed herself into a domestic corner by marrying a cranky codger professor.
June 9, 2012 |
Moscow's mighty Bolshoi Ballet, the brash and emotionally outsized one of Russia'stwo historic companies, inspired a déjà vu experience of bittersweet intensity with its return Thursday to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Onstage was Yuri Grigorovich's "Swan Lake," closing out this season's Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series (through Sunday). Grigorovich ruled the Bolshoi as director and chief choreographer for 30 long years, finally stepping down from the top position in 1995.