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Film/Review – WOMEN ARE BORN TWICE – #JapanSociety

Another review by the always reliable Tanimaru!

Watching WOMEN ARE BORN TWICE harkens the question: “What has happened to this kind of Japanese cinema?” The fast paced story telling, the deep dive into lifestyle and culture and a short hand in explaining things – life just “is” and we follow it with fascination and delight. Watching the beautiful Ayako Wakao glide through the film as a wannabee geisha who just ends up sleeping around to make ends meet is well crafted. The various men in her life who take advantage and abuse her, as well as the so called well meaning salaryman who professes his “love” are all well drawn characters right down to the sushi chef she meets first as a client and then observes on a train carrying his small child accompanied by his wife. It is great to see Tokyo sixteen years after the war’s end still in the process of rebuilding infrastructure and rebuilding lives. The other curious addition is Yasukuni Shrine. Now regarded as a controversial place for the Prime Minister or anyone of importance to visit, in the film it become a sanctuary, a place for prayers to the fallen and for Ayako’s character, a place where she feels “cleansed”.  This cleansing moment is a metaphor for her struggle throughout the film and her encounters not only with the men but also the women of the nighttime trade. At the end there is this very telling scene (spoiler alert) where Ayako is asked to bed down with a client of one of the house’s important customers. In the past Ayako’s character would not bat an eye and assume her role – but this time she balks. The client is a white foreigner – a “gaijin” and Wakao declines the Mama-san in a purely Japanese way. The well composed two shot of Ayako turning away and looking down in contrast to only the profile of the Mama-san speaks volumes. Bravo to all involved in restoring this classic of Japanese cinema and here’s hope this will be a force to rekindle that original auteur spirit.

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December 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Live Music — Go see CROSS THAT RIVER – Allan Harris/Regge Life 11/30-12/31 *nyc

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December 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arts/Conferences #APAP2018 – APAP 2018 Awards Announced!

APAP Announces 2018 Award Winners

Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator, Co-Founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem;

globalFEST, World Music Service Organization and Festival;

Carlton Turner, Artist, Advocate, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS to be honored at the

Annual Awards Ceremony at APAP|NYC

Surprise “Distinguished Service Award” Winner to be Announced at Luncheon

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) will honor artists, visionaries and advocates in the performing arts at its annual gathering, APAP|NYC 2018, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown. On Monday, January 15, 2018, APAP will host its Annual Awards Ceremony, a celebration of those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the industry and communities they serve both in the US and abroad.

The awards program will open with a “creative moment” by Canada’s celebrated poet, writer, actor and youth advocate, Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This year’s awards ceremony coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in the 50th year since his assassination. Whether we are recognizing the many social and artistic achievements of Arthur Mitchell, who made a deliberate decision following Martin Luther King’s assassination to start Dance Theatre of Harlem, or taking a moment as a community to recognize the words and works of Dr. King, there is no question the arts serve a meaningful purpose in every corner of our culture,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of APAP. “The 2018 recipients inspire and motivate our field to continue to grow and change, showing the strength and influence the arts can have in our communities, schools and cultural landscapes, and how important and influential the arts can be.”

This year’s APAP Award recipients include:

THE SIDNEY R. YATES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE PERFORMING ARTS:

Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

THE WILLIAM DAWSON AWARD FOR PROGRAMMATIC EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN PROGRAMMING:

globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer, and Shanta Thake, Co-Directors)

 THE AWARD OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMING ARTS:

Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator and Co-Founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem

The winner of APAP’s FAN TAYLOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE FIELD OF PROFESSIONAL PRESENTING will be announced at the luncheon.

 

This year’s NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) award recipients will be presented by David Wannen, president, NAPAMA, and are:

 

NAPAMA PRESENTER OF THE YEAR:

Brett Batterson, President & CEO, Orpheum Theatre Group

NAPAMA LIZ SILVERSTEIN AWARD FOR AGENT-MANAGER OF THE YEAR:

Pamela M. Green, President & CEO, PMG Arts Management

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Carlton Turner – Yates Award

Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS and works nationally as a performing artist, organizer, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant, and facilitator. He is also the founder of the newly formed Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, an organization working at the intersection of new media production and agriculture to support cultural, social, and economic development in his rural hometown of Utica, Mississippi. Carlton is also a co-founder, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction, a Mississippi-based performance group.

Turner serves on the boards of First People’s Fund, Imagining America, the Center for Media Justice, and Project South for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide. He is also a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Center for Research and Education. He is a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network and a founding collaborating partner of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.

Turner was recently named a 2017-18 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow and a Cultural Policy Fellow at Arizona State University’s Creative Placemaking Institute.

globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer and Shanta Thake) – Dawson Award

globalFEST (gF) believes that music can be a driving force toward a society that values cultural diversity as a source of unity rather than division. By moving international music to the center of the performing arts field, gF fosters a robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the U.S. with programs that catalyze creative and artistic networks that break down cultural and social boundaries to support and share the world’s music.

Founded in 2003, the heart of gF’s work is the flagship festival featuring twelve artists from around the world on three stages in one night. The event creates an unprecedented networking opportunity and acts a springboard for touring, giving culturally diverse artists essential platforms from which to share their art and their messages. Through its multiple programs including a conference and touring fund, and tour, gF celebrates cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; connects artists to communities, builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the U.S.

Arthur Mitchell – Award of Merit

Arthur Mitchell is a pivotal figure in the dance world and self-described “political activist through dance.” He is internationally recognized as an acclaimed dancer, artistic director, choreographer, educator, and dance visionary. In 1955, he joined the New York City Ballet under the direction of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine and would become the first African American principal dancer in a major American ballet company. Balanchine choreographed numerous roles especially for Mitchell including the pas de deux in Agon, and “Puck” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Inspired by the changes sweeping America during the civil rights movement, Mitchell co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) with his former teacher, Karel Shook, in 1969. During his tenure, DTH was described in The New York Times as “one of the dance world’s more visionary experiments.” In 2014, to further his belief that dance can be used as a vehicle for social change and to ensure his legacy, Mitchell founded the Arthur Mitchell Project (AMP) with the generous support of the Ford Foundation. Mitchell is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He continues to advise professional dance companies and cultural institutions on the issue of diversity in the classical arts.

About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,600 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference – the world’s leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (Jan. 12-16, 2018) – APAP continues to be the industry’s leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

December 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Screenplay of the Year? Film/Review – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – #FoxSearchlight

FoxSearchlight will have a joyous time at the upcoming Academy Awards!

It is difficult for a capsule synopsis to describe the complex humanity and hidden joys at the core of director Martin McDonagh’s brilliantly executed screenplay. Actor Sam Rockwell stands out for the vulnerable shading and inherent sweetness of his character arc, a star turn reminiscent of his 1999 GALAXY QUEST. Between his role as the sheriff here and his portrayal in LBJ, Woody Harrelson shines as the “go-to” actor worthy of mention for any role.Frances McDormand unfolds unique facial reactions as the steady center for this wonderful ensemble cast, confirming her status once again as an actress whose subtlety belies an incredible reserve of emotional content and drive. Peter Dinklage (STATION AGENT, Game of Thrones) and Clark Terry (JOHN WICK, The Wire) create powerful and memorable star turns in an ensemble that embraces everyone’s personal story as part of the whole.

This is a story that stays with you. (This review will be remarkably free of any spoilers.)

Director Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, THE GUARD) has fashioned a truly brilliant showcase for all of his cast,  full of unexpected surprises, and releases them to forage through a dense forest of superb writing. It glows. It is triumphant and deceptively microcosmic in its portrayal of a woman’s rage and its effect on a small town’s residents SEE THIS FILM.

November 27, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Film -Japan Society 12/2-3/17 Filmmaker   Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao   Saturday & ‪Sunday, December 2‬ & 3, 2017, at Japan Society

Japan Society Presents World Premiere 4K Restorations of 3 Films by “Criminally Underseen” Japanese Filmmaker

 

Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao

 

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017, at Japan Society

Kawashima is a director whose non-existence in the West is a sorrowful grievance which ought to be redressed. –Slant Magazine

New York, NY – Known for his acidic urban comedies and satires, the highly modern Yuzo Kawashima (1918-1963) left behind 51 films, all of which remain criminally underseen in the U.S.

Just ahead of his centenary, Japan Society presents Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao, screening three brand new 4K restorations of director Kawashima’s collaborations with legendary actress Ayako Wakao, including Women Are Born Twice, Elegant Beast, The Temple of Wild Geese, all currently unavailable in the U.S. on DVD/BD with English subtitles. Full of playful visual surprises and sharp social commentary, these bold Kawashima gems featuring the luminous Wakao offer a rare opportunity to reintroduce a master filmmaker who bridges the gap between the classical Japanese cinema of the 1950s and the New Wave of the 1960s. Each film will receive two screenings Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, at Japan Society.

“These three late-career Yuzo Kawashima films are such wonderful discoveries for fans of Japanese cinema,” says Aiko Masubuchi, Senior Film Programmer at Japan Society. “Expertly crafted and full of keen observations about human behavior, they show Kawashima at the peak of his talent and testify to the unsung director’s influence on the iconoclastic, humanist work of Shohei Imamura and the next generation of New Wave filmmakers.”

The series also highlights the work of one of Japanese cinema’s great stars, Ayako Wakao, apart from her well-known work with Yasuzo Masumura. Masubuchi notes, “Her incredible beauty, versatility, and emotional range is on full display in these Kawashima films, where she portrays resilient women who are sometimes participants and sometimes observers of human folly yet always imbued with a sense of depth.”

Japan Society will also screen the Wakao vehicle Manji (dir. Yasuzo Masumura) on December 1 as a Monthly Classic.

Born February 4, 1918, in Aoyama Prefecture, Yuzo Kawashima made 51 films in his short life of 45 years. He is best known as the director of the masterful comedy The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (1957), which is ranked fourth in the Top 100 Japanese Films of All Time according to reputable film magazine Kinema Jumpo. Suffering from progressive muscular atrophy, he had trouble moving his right leg and arm. Upon graduating from Meiji University in Literature, he joined Shochiku Studio in 1938 and was assistant director to filmmakers such as Keisuke Kinoshita and Yasujiro Ozu until he debuted as director in 1944 with Kaette Kita Otoko. In 1955, he moved to Nikkatsu with his assistant director (and later key figure in the Japanese New Wave) Shohei Imamura who found a mentor in Kawashima. Known for his dandy looks, shy demeanor and cynical humor, Kawashima continued to make films that mirrored his character with Toho studios and three films (shown in this series) with Daiei Studios. His gravestone reads, “Life is but farewell,” which is also the title of the book on Kawashima written by Imamura.

Admission: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members. Special offer: purchase all three Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.japansociety.org, in person at Japan Society, or by calling the box office at 212-715-1258.

 

SCREENING SCHEDULE AND FILM DESCRIPTIONS

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

 

Women Are Born Twice (aka A Geisha’s Diary) (Onna wa Nido Umareru)                                                           

Saturday, December 2 at 2:15 PM

Sunday, December 3 at 4:30 PM

1961, 99 min., DCP, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuzo Kawashima. With Ayako Wakao, Jun Fujimaki, Kyu Sazanka, Frankie Sakai.

The first of Kawashima’s Daiei Studio collaborations with Wakao centers on the life of a Tokyo geisha named Koen and her relationships with various men. Starting out with no singing or dancing talents, the young, free-spirited Koen is initially eager to please and happy to do what she is told. With time and experience, however, she gradually begins to notice a change in herself and questions what she wants out of life. Played with subtle shifts in emotion, Wakao’s delicate performance earned her the Kinema Junpo Award and Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actress.

“Something happened in the inner human experience. We don’t know what that was, but something definitely happened. That is the theme of this film.” – Yuzo Kawashima

Elegant Beast (Shitoyakana Kemono)                                                                                   

Saturday, December 2 at 4:30 PM

Sunday, December 3 at 6:45 PM

1962, 96 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuzo Kawashima. With Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Yuko Hamada, Eiro Takamatsu.

This brilliant satirical comedy about self-interest and postwar recovery penned by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba) centers on the cutthroat Maeda family, who manage to lie, cheat and steal their way out of poverty in order to maintain a comfortable bourgeois life in a Tokyo apartment. The only person that can out-manipulate them is Tokie (Wakao), a clever entertainment agency accountant who plays the men in love with her to her own advantage. Set almost entirely within the Maeda apartment, Kawashima mines every possible camera angle and utilizes ingenious blocking for maximum dramatic and comic effect.

“Combining an immaculate, compartmentalized mise en scène with some of the most ambivalent and acid characterizations of human behaviour, Elegant Beast is a knock-it-out-of-the-park winner that ought to prompt a Kawashima retrospective were anybody in fact paying attention.” – Slant Magazine

The Temple of Wild Geese (Gan no Tera)                                                                                             

Saturday, December 2 at 6:45 PM

Sunday, December 3 at 2:15 PM

1962, 97 min., DCP, b&w and color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuzo Kawashima. With Ayako Wakao, Isamu Kimura, Kuniichi Takami, Masao Mishima.

Living in a Buddhist temple famous for its paintings of wild geese, the young disciple Jinen is cruelly bossed around by the lascivious chief priest, who indulges his sexual desires for the hired mistress Satoko (Wakao) under their shared roof. In a mixture of pity and fascination, Satoko seeks out the silent, tortured Jinen and learns of their shared impoverished upbringings, drawing her closer to him. Kawashima’s sharply observed and ironic adaptation of Tsutomu Minakami’s novel is exquisitely shot in widescreen black and white by cinematographer Hiroshi Murai (The Sword of Doom).

“The making of this film was incredibly helpful in figuring out what my goals are to be for my direction. Concurrently, I want to thank Hiroshi Murai behind the camera. That is because Murai made me sorry that I had not been a director who saw films from a painterly perspective. He let me realize this.” – Yuzo Kawashima

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Monthly Classics: Manji                                                                              

Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM

1964, 91 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yasuzo Masumura. With Ayako Wakao, Kyoko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yusuke Kawazu.

This erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Japanese New Wave auteur Yasuzo Masumura stars a stunning Ayako Wakao as Mitsuko, a beguiling woman at the center of a tangled bisexual love quadrangle between bored housewife Sonoko (Kyoko Kishida), her husband and Mitsuko’s equally deceptive former fiancé. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, the film’s story of destructive obsession, jealousy and manipulation is brilliantly rendered by Masumura and cinematographer Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires on the Plain), whose highly stylized compositions effectively portray the increasingly fractured psyches of four people constantly trying to out-maneuver each other for love at the risk of death. Print courtesy of Japan Foundation New York. Tickets: $13/$10 seniors and students/$5 Japan Society members.

 

 

The Japan Society Film Program offers a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. Its aim is to entertain, educate and support activities in the Society’s arts and culture programs. For more, visit www.japansociety.org/film.

Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia.

During the 2017-18 season, Japan Society celebrates its 110th anniversary with expanded programming that builds toward a richer, more globally interconnected 21st century: groundbreaking creativity in the visual and performing arts, unique access to business insiders and cultural influencers, and critical focus on social and educational innovation, illuminating our world beyond borders.

Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and M subway at Lexington Avenue). For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit www.japansociety.org.

Japan Society’s Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, James Read Levy, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Geoff Matters, and Michael Romano.

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November 22, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technology —VR/AR /Gaming — BeBop Sensors – Forte Data Glove

BEBOP SENSORS ANNOUNCES FORTE DATA GLOVE

FOR AR/VR APPLICATIONS, ENVIRONMENTS, & GAMING

First Fully Featured, Ultra-Comfortable, High Performance, Affordable Data Glove for VR & AR —

Incorporates 6 Unique Haptics, Wireless Technology, & Super Accurate Rapid Sensing

Priced on Par with Handheld Motion Sensing Controllers

Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/bebop/bebopsensorsfortedatagloverelease.html

Video: https://youtu.be/

BeBop Sensors, Inc. www.bebopsensors.com, the leader in smart fabric sensor technology, announced today the Forte Data Glove, the first fully featured affordable data glove to incorporate haptics, wireless technology, and super accurate rapid sensing for gaming and AR/VR environments.

Super Accurate Rapid Sensing with Data Rates at 150 Frames per Second & High Sensor Speeds of 500Hz

The BeBop Sensors Forte Data Glove is an ultra-comfortable one-size-fits-all glove, conducive to lengthy Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality sessions due to its light weight and open airy design. Sensor data and haptic commands communicate through Micro USB or Bluetooth wireless to the host device, with Micro USB also charging the internal lithium battery. The glove provides Super Accurate Rapid Sensing with data rates at 150 frames per second, with lag eliminated, triggering approaches near instantaneous response times — perfect for the most demanding shooter scenario games.

The Forte Data Glove is the first high performance data glove available at a price on par with handheld motion sensing controllers. The glove features 10 smart fabric bend sensors located above each knuckle with bend accuracy and repeatability +/- 1.5 degrees and high sensor speeds of 500Hz. A 9 degree IMU (inertial measurement unit) provides extremely low drift and reliable pre-blended accelerometer and gyro sensor data.

Created by BeBop Sensors’ Founder Keith McMillen, Forte Glove Provides Unique Custom Haptic Actuators Essential for an Immersive VR Experience

Haptic Feedback is a key component in an immersive VR experience. Created by BeBop Sensors’ Founder Keith McMillen, the Forte Glove can host up to 64 unique resident haptic sound files, with new files rapidly uploaded over Bluetooth or USB from the host. The glove’s custom haptic actuators are non-resonant with a 4+ octave frequency response of 100Hz to 2000Hz. 6 actuators are located on each of the 4 fingertips, thumb and palm, with the palm haptic convincingly conveying possession of an object. The haptic signals can be pitch shifted and volume adjusted in real-time to aid in the impression of reality. Signals can loop continuously or operate in a single play mode. The actuators respond to standard MIDI API based commands for ease of integration into games and environments for OEMs.

The internal battery lasts for 15 hours of continuous Bluetooth connectivity while driving haptics to 100% amplitude. The Forte Data Glove is designed to never leave you hanging. A full recharge is in 2 hours or you can continue to game using USB simultaneously while the battery is charging.

Forte Data Glove Features:

• First affordable high performance, ultra-comfortable data glove.

• Sensor speeds at 500Hz.

• Data rates at 150 frames per second, eliminating lag for near instantaneous response times, perfect for the most demanding shooter scenarios.

• 10 smart fabric bend sensors are located above each knuckle with bend accuracy and repeatability at +/- 1.5 degrees.

• 9 degree IMU provides extremely low drift and reliable pre-blended accelerometer and gyro sensor data.

• 6 actuators are located on the 4 fingertips, thumb, and palm.

• Up to 64 unique haptic sound files can be resident on the glove with new files rapidly uploaded over Bluetooth or Micro USB.

• Micro USB connector charges the internal lithium battery in 2 hours.

• 15 hour battery life.

BeBop Sensors Forte Data Glove and development kit will be available to qualified OEMs in December 2017. For more information on the Forte Data Glove, BeBop Sensors’ technology, and BeBop Sensors’ funding, contact BeBop Sensors at contact@bebopsensors.com, website: http://www.bebopsensors.com.

About BeBop Sensors

BeBop uses smart fabrics to create elegant sensor solutions for OEMs. Where things or people interact, BeBop Sensors comprehends force, location, size, weight, bend, twist and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. BeBop technology is robust and proven with over two million sensors in daily use. Based in Berkeley, California, BeBop Sensors makes things knowable for product designers and visionaries. For more information and demonstrations, see the BeBop Sensors website: www.bebopsensors.com.

Visit BeBop Sensors at IDTechEX in Santa Clara November 15 & 16 at Booth # A25

Photos BeBop Sensors Forte Data Glove:

On Hand: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorsfortegloveonhand.html

Glove: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorsforteglove.html

Back Hand: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorsforteglovebackhand.html

Back: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/bebopsensorsfortegloveback.html

BeBop Sensors Logo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/beboplogo.html

Video: https://youtu.be/UBakV63xi64

November 15, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Music – Martha Redbone 11/16-17/17 BRIC & Martha Redbone/THE HENDRIX PROJECT -Jan 11-14, 2018 #BRIC/#UNDER THE RADAR

Plus, Martha Redbone performs at BRIC House this week.

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Experience the timeless power of the music of Jimi Hendrix.

The Hendrix Project

THU, JAN 11 | 7:30PM
FRI-SAT, JAN 12-13 | 7PM & 9:30PM
SUN, JAN 14 | 4:30PM & 7:30PM
Tickets: $25

Tickets are now on sale for The Hendrix Project at BRIC House, co-presented by BRIC, CalArts Center for New Performance, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

On New Year’s Eve 1969, Jimi Hendrix’s electronic blues trio, Band of Gypsys, played a legendarily funky concert at New York City’s Fillmore East. Twelve disciples have gathered in the upper balcony to bear witness, as heat is brought to a nation caught in mid-winter chill. As “bullets fly like rain,” at home and abroad, the ensemble movingly reimagines an iconic moment in rock and roll history through the timeless power of Hendrix’s music. It’s the end of the Sixties. And Jimi Hendrix’s final New Year’s Eve.

Conceived and directed by Roger Guenveur Smith. Developed in cooperation with Experience Hendrix LLC.

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Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby

Daughter of the Hills (working title), a work-in-progress

THU-FRI, NOV 16-17 | 7PM

$8 Adv / $10 Door

Singer/songwriter Martha Redbone presents Daughter of the Hills, the journey of a woman returning to her homeland in Black Mountain and the coalmines of Kentucky, where her family has dwelled for centuries.

Commissioned by Joe’s Pub and the Public Theater, Lincoln Center for the Arts, and Pa’I Foundation.

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November 15, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dance— Carolyn Dorfman Dance -#Morris Museum. 11/16/17

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE RETURNS TO THE BICKFORD THEATRE AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM DURING ITS 35thANNIVERSARY SEASON

 Celebrating its 35th anniversary season, 

Carolyn Dorfman Danceinvites audiences to be “part of the movement” as the company returns to the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum for an exciting evening of repertory on November 16. The bold and dramatic company will perform Dorfman’s charming Dance/Stories, lively Sextet and lead dancer Ae-Soon Kim’s sinuous Unfolding.

Featuring a live performance by storyteller and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston, Dance/Stories brings together folk tales and stories from around the world using music and movement, while highlighting the power of the spoken word. Sextet is an exploration of the power and energy of six dancers—who with their quick darting actions and suspended moments follow an accumulation form starting with a duet, then a trio that goes into a quartet finally leading to a sextet. Both works are set to commissioned music by jazz composer, and long-time collaborator of Ms. Dorfman’s, Horacee Arnold.

Unfolding is Ms. Kim’s first choreographic work for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. It premiered last April at the company’s 2017 Gala Benefit Performance at NJPAC, exploring Kim’s cultural roots and life journey through three continents: Asia, North America and Europe. It highlights the interplay of East-West influences in the people, places and things that compose a soul. Unfolding has a commissioned score by musician/composers Rabbi Greg Wall and Shai Barchar. At the premiere, Youlmae Kim, of iKADA Contemporary Dance Company, performed live drumming on the traditional Janggo Korean drum.

“Returning to the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre during our 35th Anniversary season is returning to a location where we have a long history,” says Artistic DirectorCarolyn Dorfman. The Arts Council of the Morris area (now Morris Arts) first presented Carolyn Dorfman Dance in 1982, and the company’s first gala was held at the Morris Museum in 1987. For Dorfman, “the Bickford Theater is a lovely space for audiences to see this work in an intimate, up close and personal manner.”

SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFORMATION

Carolyn Dorfman Dance will perform this mixed bill at the Bickford Theatre on November 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 when purchased in advance or by members, and $35 when purchased at the door, $15 tickets are available for students (18 & under or a valid college ID) and are on sale at http://www.morrismuseum.org/la-carte-series/

 

VENUE INFORMATION

The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown New Jersey, and is accessible by 287, Route 24 West, Route 78, the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, and New Jersey Transit.

 

REPERTORY DETAILS

Unfolding (2017)

Choreography: Ae-Soon Kim

Composer: Greg Wall and Shai Barchar

Lighting: Scott Nelson

Korean Drummer: Youlmae Kim

Costume: Anna-Alisa Belous

Integrating East-West influences, musician/composer Rabbi Greg Wall, a long-time musical collaborator of Carolyn Dorfman’s, created a commissioned score that incorporates live Korean drumming by accomplished iKADA Contemporary Dance Company’s Korean Drummer, Youlmae Kim, and other electronic elements to explore Ms. Kim’s roots and her life’s journey on three continents: Asia, Europe and America.

Unfolding is made possible, in part, with generous support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Andres Miranda and Betsy and Drew Vaden. Lynne and Elliot Glantz, Preview Textile Group, provided the beautiful ombré silk for this production.

 

Dance/Stories (1996)

Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman

Music: Horacee Arnold

Stories Written, Adapted and Performed: Charlotte Blake Alston

Lighting: Scott Nelson inspired by original sculptures by Christine Martens

Costume: Russell Aubrey

Dance/Stories, an enchanting interdisciplinary collaboration featuring a selection of folk tales and stories from around the world, artistically explores the integration of narrative, music and movement to illuminate the common themes of humanity. Through image and metaphor, the dancers weave the threads that create a tapestry that bathes the senses and the soul.

Original sponsors of this work include AT&T, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Eleanor B. Reiner Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, Wordsmith Communications Group, Inc. and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State via General Operating Support and a 1995 Choreography Fellowship. Additional producers include: Clara and William Gallick, Michael and Joel Lerner, Kathi R. Levin, Eileen and Alex Macaione, Irwin Math, Patricia N. Nanon, James and Janis Quinn, John and Michele Scioscia, Clifford J. Schob M.D., Professor Marguerite Briston Tiffany, and Gayle S. Weiss.

Sextet (1994)

Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman

Music: Horacee Arnold

Lighting: Scott Nelson

Costume: Russell Aubrey and Traci DiGesu

With images of quick darting actions and suspended moments at its core, Sextet challenges the dynamic and technical range of the dancers. With commissioned music by jazz composer, Horacee Arnold, this sextet is an exploration of the energy, rhythm and power of six dancers. Following an accumulation form, the dance progresses from duet to trio, quartet, quintet, and finally the full ensemble.

Sextet was created with support from the AT&T and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundations and Choreography Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

About Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s eleven multi-ethnic and stunning dancers present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience. The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic excellence in both performance and its interactions with audiences, students and community. For 35 years, Carolyn Dorfman Dance has appeared at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.                                                      

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Film — Korean Film Festival 11/3-5/17. *nyc

15th Annual New York Korean Film Festival

Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5



The Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, Queens, NY 11106

The New York Korean Film Festival returns to the Museum for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema. This 15th edition of the Festival includes a wide range of genres, with action thrillers, comedies, romance, documentary, social drama, melodrama, and the madcap science fiction and social critique of Bong Joon-ho.

All films are in Korean with English subtitles.

ALL SCREENINGS HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

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Fabricated City 

(조작된 도시) 

FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017 | 7 PM

Dir. Park Kwang-hyun. 2017,

126 mins. DCP.

A Quiet Dream

(춘몽)

SATURDAY, NOV. 4, 2017 | 3 PM

Dir. Zhang Lu, 2016,

98 mins. DCP

Yourself and Yours

(당신자신과 당신의 것) 

SATURDAY, NOV. 4, 2017 | 5 PM

Dir. Hong Sang-soo, 2016,

86 mins., DCP

Bamseom Pirates

Seoul Inferno

SATURDAY, NOV. 4, 2017 | 7 PM

Korea, Jung Yoon-suk,

Korea, 2017, 120 min., DCP



Come, Together

(컴, 투게더)

SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2017 | 4 PM

Dir. Shin Dong-il, Korea, 2016, 122 min., DCP



Okja

**Followed by live video call

w/ Bong Joon-ho**

SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2017 | 7 PM

Dir. Bong Joon-ho, Korea/United States, 2017, 120 mins., DCP

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Dance – upcoming events listed by DANCE/NYC

DANCE/NYC provides and lists upcoming events and resources for dancers at varying levels.

Of utmost importance , please note the upcoming symposium panel on Dance and Disability and their 2018 Symposium.

There are only two weeks to go until Disability. Dance. Artistry. Conversation Series: Conversation with AXIS Dance Company. Join Dance/NYC for the fourth in a series of conversations about integrated and disability dance artistry on November 17. Kevin Gotkin, Co-Founder of the Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force, will moderate a conversation with Marc Brew, Artistic Director and Choreographer of AXIS Dance Company, and Gina Gibney and Kara Gilmour of Gibney Dance.

Friday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Studio D

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An AXIS Dance Company performance will directly follow.

Purchase tickets for the evening’s performance here.

PREETI VASUDEVAN : STORIES BY HAND

219 W 19th Street,

New York, NY 10011

November 2-4, 2017, 7:30pm

Stories by Hand is a solo work searching for an individual identity through stories which are personal, mythical, and social, narrated through the continuous placement and displacement of gestures affected by memory. Tickets & Info

Pilobolus

Queens Theatre

14 United Nations Avenue South

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens, NY 11368

November 4-5, 2017

Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world. Click here to purchase tickets

New York Theatre Ballet presents Legends & Visionaries

Danspace Project

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery

131 East 10th Street

November 2-4, 2017, 8:00pm

New York Theatre Ballet (39th season) returns to Danspace Project for their classic series of revivals by legendary choreographers and a look at creations by emerging choreographers. WORKS BY: Gemma Bond, Richard Alston, David Gordon, & José Limón. Find tickets and more information here.

BalletNext @ Kaatsbaan

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

33 Kaatsbaan Road

Tivoli, NY 12583

November 5, 2017, 2:30pm

At BalletNext the search for innovation trumps convention. In 2011, Michele Wiles, one of New York’s most acclaimed dancers founded the company with the vision to provide a platform for leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians. As a result, new Purchase Tickets

Class with David Dorfman

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Mon, Nov 6 at 10am

In this master class, participants tackle the challenges of making movement art that speaks to the personal and political at once. Focusing specifically on the BAM Next Wave production of Aroundtown. Register here.

The Commons Choir: mayday heyday parfait (Premiere)

BRIC House

647 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

November 9-11, 8:00pm & November 12, 3:00pm

The multiethnic, multilingual cast of The Commons Choir combines song, dance, and poetry in “mayday heyday parfait,” illuminating how our stories and histories are irrevocably interdependent. GET TICKETS

Herencia Africana

HOSTOS Repertory Theater, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451

Saturday, November 11 at 7pm and Sunday, November 12 at 2pm

2017 Annual Premiere presented by OYU ORO Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble Artistic Direction and Choreography by Danys “La Mora” Pérez

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Trinity Laban Dance Auditions in NYC 2017

Gibney Dance Performing Arts Center

Union Square

890 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

November 11, 2017, 9:00am November 12, 2017: 9:00am

Trinity Laban, one of the world’s leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists and practitioners, is in NYC for auditions and workshops. Come and audition on 11 or 12 November in New York to study in London, England. trinitylaban.ac.uk/usa

Free Master Class with Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

November 13, 2017, 12-2pm

Work with Dance Group company members Lesley Garrison and Sam Black to hone technical clarity and precise musicality through Mark Morris’ work Mosaic and United.

Advanced to professional dancers. Also serves as audition for MMDG’s Summer Intensive. Learn More and Sign Up

AXIS Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary New York Season

Gibney Dance, Studio H

280 Broadway

November 16-18, 2017, 8:00pm

AXIS celebrates its 30th year & first New York Season with “Radical Impact,” by Artistic Director Marc Brew; “The Reflective Surface,” by Amy Seiwert; and an excerpt from “In Defense of Regret,” by Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley, & Bobbi Jene Smith.

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Pentacle’s The Gallery wants You!

A Little Bit of Mentorship Goes A Long Way!

Accepting Rolling Inquiries Throughout the Year!

Our infrastructure support program, The Gallery, coming off their successful Fall showcase, invites you to join our ranks! Our range of services now includes Mentorship so you can define your goals, and Administrative Support so you can reach them! Learn more information & inquire here.

Fall 2017 Performance Season

Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

at 280 Broadway

(Enter at 53A Chambers St.)

September – December 2017

Gibney Dance’s fall performance season shares four months of explorations, ideas, and practices presented with diligent rigor and commitment to craft.

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Dance/NYC’s 2018 Symposium

Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

280 Broadway

New York, NY 10007

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Registration is now open for Dance/NYC’s 2018 Symposium. Join us for one of the most highly anticipated dance events of the year. Dance/NYC’s 2018 Symposium will consider the role of NY dance artists and their artistry in a changing United States. Register Now

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