I just found my copy. Yip!
I just found my copy. Yip!
Steven F. Arnold, originally from California, was a multi-media artist, a spiritualist, a gender bender (a person who transgresses gender roles sex). He was the protege of Salvador Dali. the range of his talent is expressed through painting, drawing, photography, rock music, movie posters, makeup, costume design, set design and film. He is best known for his surreal photographic tableaux living in black and white created in his “Studio Zanzibar” in Los Angeles, mounted in an old pretzel factory.
Sierra Cinemas, Nevada City, Sun Apr 22 – JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE – 1 hr 28 min – Unrated. A look at the Joffrey Ballet, the groundbreaking cultural treasure known as the first truly American dance company. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones: A Good Man), the film documents how the Joffrey revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores. The film features rare excerpts from many seminal Joffrey works including Astarte, Trinity and Billboards. As a special treat, Nevada County natives Michael Levine and Maia Wilkins, alumni of the Joffrey Ballet, will be present to talk about their experiences and answer questions.
Co-founded in 1956 by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey and dancer Gerald Arpino, who would become their principal choreographer, The Joffrey Ballet began as a DIY dance company of six dancers touring the United States in a borrowed station wagon. What started as a childhood dream quickly grew into one of the world’s most exciting and prominent ballet companies. Together, Joffrey and Arpino transformed the face of dance with bold new perspectives for edgy ballets that challenged conventions. Aggressive touring took the Company from school auditoriums across America’s Heartland, to the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, and on to Russia for a month-long tour during the height of the Cold War, and beyond. They also garnered extensive media attention for their daring originality, which included appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, the cover of Time magazine, and in major motion pictures such as Save the Last Dance and Robert Altman’s The Company (which is based on the Joffrey).
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance weaves a wealth of rare archival footage and photographs along with interviews featuring former and current Joffrey star dancers, showing the full history of the Company from its founding to the present. It describes how the Joffrey repeatedly resurrected itself after devastating financial and artistic setbacks and introduced cutting-edge choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington to larger audiences.
The film features rare excerpts from many seminal Joffrey works including Astarte, Trinity and Billboards, as well as breakthrough collaborations with choreographers Twyla Tharp (Deuce Coupe), Kurt Jooss (The Green Table) and Leonide Massine (Parade).
Powerfully edited piece. “Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry”
Credit: Corey Ogilvie
Creative commons Non-Commercial, Attribution, No Derivative Works license. Pls message filmmaker for translations, which are very welcome : )
Stunning music by: Hauschka, song “Stumm (Kein Wort)”
Music Label: Karaoke Kalk label based in Berlin
Don’t get a chance to get out much, so when things slow down a bit like they always do this time of year, I get a chance to watch some of the films that I’ve run across, or that I’ve had on my list for awhile.
Most entertaining by far was Micmacs, the 2009 film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Haven’t had so much fun watching a film in a long time. Then again, I don’t watch much on a regular basis.
The original French title is Micmacs à tire-larigot, (‘Non-stop shenanigans’), and it was billed as a satire revolving around the “world arms trade”. Synopsis here.
Love the way Juenet populates his films’ universe with such incredibly vivid, and lovable characters by extremely talented performers. Truly, I don’t think I’ve seen a Jeunet film with a bad cast. This one will be an annual recurring holiday fare I think, for just its proper mixture of fun and subversive anti-schmatlz. I love it! Favorite Line: “Ok, leave it in. He’ll drive airport security wild.”
Oh yea, The other films I got around to seeing were [no order]: