In Balanchine Classroom

September 19th, 2021

  • May 19, 1965: George Balanchine examines Suzanne Farrell’s hand in rehearsals for a NYCB production of Don Quixote at New York State Theater. (Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    In Balanchine Classroom is streaming at Kanopy.

    Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.

  • Balanchine, 1941
    (Above photo by George Platt Lynes)

  • Balanchine Teaching – the New Yorker

  • Shakespeare of Dance and Our Contemporary

  • Balanchine danced with John Maynard Keynes‘s wife who was
    a ballerina.

  • 10th Anniversary of Occupied Wall Street – 2021

    September 17th, 2021
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    “Even the smallest of voices need to be heard” a placard held by the young Lego artist.
    (She will be 15 years old in a few days)

  • Occupy Wall Street was seen as a failure when it ended in 2011. But it’s helped transform the American left.

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    Merrill Lynch Wall Street Waltz (Digital photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

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  • Looking back…

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    Wall street Anti- Captitalist Protest Picture Gallery slideshow (Guardian)

    LiveStream Global Revolution

  • A line from Salvador Allende

    Balancing between abstract
    expressionism & futurism
    the calm metal instrument
    of my voice tweaks the once-

    sacred double-helix to create
    pyramids in bold colors &
    textures. Exquisite tropes. The
    great avenues will open again.

    Daniil Medvedev Moment, First Grand Slam at US Open

    September 12th, 2021

  • New signal to the Tennis world
    Other Tennis players react on social meida

    Medvedev is the first to win a Grand Slam final against one of the Big 3 since Stan Wawrinka.

    (Dead fish celebration)

    “I like to play FIFA. I like to play PlayStation. It’s called the dead fish celebration. If you know your opponent when you play FIFA, many times you’re going to do this. You’re going to score a goal, you’re up 5-0, you do this one.

  • Happy winners!

  • Naomi Kawase – “True Mothers’ ( japanese title Asa ga kuru)

    September 9th, 2021

  • A review of True Mothers

  • (Azu Makita was in “After the Storm” “The Third Murder’, “The Shoplifters” directed by Kore eda)

  • Juliette Binoche and Naomi Kawase photographed by Leslie Kee for Vogue Taiwan, 2018

    The Dvd of “True Mother”s offers Bonus feature discussion of Naomi Kawase and Juliette Binoche. Both ladies often became emotional and were in tears.

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    Naomi Kawase
    Masatoshi Nagases previous post
    Naomi Kawase wiki

    She employs this documentary-realism to focus on individuals of lesser cultural status, challenging prevailing representations of women within the male-dominated Japanese film industry.[1] This theme is also connected to her own personal reflections on contemporary issues in the current climate of economic depression such as the declining birthrate, alienation, and the collapse of traditional family structures

    Adieu Jean Paul Belmondo – (9 April 1933 – 6 September, 2021)

    September 6th, 2021

  • (Photo via The Many Faces of Jean Paul Belmondo

    Breathless actor, Belmondo dies aged 88.

  • (Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle)

    Jean Paul Belmondo, born 9 April 1933

    Son of Paul Belmondo, a French sculptor of Italian descent.

    That Man from Rio

    This fast-moving spoof of Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília and Paris of the time. In 1964 the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

  • “Léon Morin, Priest” in English — was Melville’s sixth feature and almost the exact midpoint between early successes like “Bob le Flambeur” (1956), about a gentleman thief organizing the heist of a lifetime, and “Army of Shadows” (1969), his late-career masterpiece about the Resistance. Given his interest in the war, it’s understandable that he was drawn to “Léon Morin” and its story of life during the occupation.

  • In the interview included on this disc, Melville says he was sitting on it for eight years but never started because he couldn’t find an actor right for the part of Morin, and that it was only after watching Breathless that he decided to try and get Belmondo, who was initially reluctant and had to be convinced by Melville.

  • Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica (Sophia Loren won an Oscar for best actress)

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    (Is Paris Burning – Alain Delon and Belmondo directed by Rene Clement)

  • (Stavisky directed by Alain Resnais)

    Paris Journal on Stavisky (Jonathan Rosenbaum – see more photos here)

    Stavisky – Madoff with a Lot – a film review

    Quattara Watts – Paintings

    September 2nd, 2021
  • Coolhunting.com Culture Quattara Watts

  • (Cultural Alchemy 1999)
    Maximum Impact, Kaelen Wilson Goldie on the art of Ouattara Watts

    Quattara Watts – wiki

    Ouattara Watts (born 1957) is an American artist[1] from Ivory Coast.[2] He studied at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.[3]

    In Paris, he met Jean-Michel Basquiat at an exhibition opening in January 1988. Basquiat was impressed by Watts’s paintings and convinced him to move to New York City. They had a very short but important collaboration.[4] In the documentary Basquiat, Une Vie, Watts was filmed in his studio, working and talking about Basquiat.

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    Ouattara Watts and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, September 5, 1988.
    See more Art net here

    Michael Andre – John Cage Shoes Story

    August 29th, 2021
  • Interview – Michael Andre Talks about his Poetry Photo via

    Michael Andre: Years Skip By Like a Stone Across a Pond

    Michael Andre is a Canadian, poet, critic and editor living in New York City. Andre hosted radio shows in Chicago and New York. He interviewed, published, and occasionally socialized with W. H. Auden and Eugene McCarthy, Beats like Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

    Andre is the editor of Unmuzzled OX, an occasional magazine of poetry, art and politics which began in 1971 as a quarterly and has produced 16 volumes. Andre edited and published two books by Gregory Corso, Earth Egg and Writings from OX.

  • Ray Johnson

    John Cage took me to a party for Buckminster Fuller. I was surprised to meet my friend Ellen Burstyn, and introduced her to John. We gabbed until Merce Cunningham arrived. John excused himself. “Who was that?” hissed the Oscar-winning actress. A month later I read in The Times that Burstyn and Cage had hosted a lavish party for Fuller. They forgot to invite me.

    John Cage Shoes blog“>Merce danced in John Cage shoes.

    Happy birthday-Michael Andre

    Michael Andre told me about Benedetta Barzini’s father.

    This is an amazing book
    On page 37
    Beyond Realism
    You Know the details of the kangaroo. – Leonard Cohen.

  • “Starlet” – Sean Baker’s Delightful Early Film

    August 26th, 2021
  • Starlet wiki (Starket is currently streaming at Kanopy).

    The film won the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

    Interview at Lincoln Center

    what can you say about Starlet or the dog who plays Starlet?

    [Laughing.] It’s Boonee. B-O-O-N-E-E. He’s literally sleeping next to me at this moment. He’s a wonderful little dog—a rescue from Los Angeles County. He grew up on television sets that I worked on so he’s really comfortable and he could care less about a camera.
    He certainly seems it.
    Yeah. It really came down to two things: One, it was sweltering hot in The Valley so he was lethargic, and two, he really couldn’t care if someone was running around with this big object on their shoulder because he’s seen it so much. He never looked at the camera because he already knew what it was. You would think the boom mic pole would’ve attracted him, but he never cared about it because he had seen it growing up.

    (Happy int’l dog day Aug 26, 2021)

    Dree Hemingway wiki

    She is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway, her great grandfather is the author Ernest Hemingway.

  • Besedka J.

    Bedsedka Johnson was a break out star at 84

    Startlet” was her first and final film before she passed away in 2013.

  • Sean Baker’s top 10 at Criterion
    #6 Sean Baker picked Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashby. He called it a perfect film and obviously a huge influence (Starlet was Baker’s Harold and Maude).

  • Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber – Intervention Art Installation

    August 21st, 2021
  • Wolfgang Aichner


  • Installation – Sisy at Woox
    (sisy at woox
    2021 in collaboration with Thomas Huber (GÆG)
    The red boat from passage2011 goes travelling again!
    on top of a factory wall in Jesenik/ Czech Republic)

  • Read the article here.

    German artists drag giant metallic pen through US desert

    Chuck Close (July 5, 1940 – Aug 19, 2021)

    August 19th, 2021
  • Self Portrait
    Relief etching on Japanese paper, 100 x 76,2 cm
    (39 x 30 in.), signed and numbered. Edition of 99.

  • See more from his homepage

    RIP Chuck Close (wiki)

  • Fingerprint Paintings by Chuck Close

  • Notes On Chuck Close in Rome – Paris Review

  • The Passing of Korean artist Kim Guiline

    August 16th, 2021
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  • Kim Guiline
    Photo via Gallery Hyundai

    It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Kim Guiline (1936-2021) who passed away on the 12 August, last Thursday in Paris.
    Kim Guiline, the master of Korean abstract art, consistently pursued awareness of the surface through 50 years his oeuvre. Kim also encouraged spectators to actively participate in his perceptual activities, and suggested the act of looking at the works as a kind of meditation beyond mere encounters with paintings.

    Kim Guiline Painter Dead (Art News)

    Kim Guiline, Korean Artist at Forefront of Monochromatic Painting Movement, Has Died at 85

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    Art Net – Kim Guiline

    Catching up with “Our Friend” Casey Affleck Interviews – 2021

    August 12th, 2021
  • The Oscar winner chats about his involvement in bringing the frontier drama The World To Come to screens, and the fine acting balance his role required.

    Casey Affleck interview (Cowboys & Indians)

  • Casey Affleck Gets Philosophical About Life, Time & The Whole Damn Thing

    Casey Affleck Interview (Haute Living)

  • Brad Pitt
    (Pitt and Casey Affleck from the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Ford)

  • 1) 3 films directed by David Lowery’ Ain’t Them Bodies Saints A Ghost Story and The Old Man and the Gun.
    2) “Gerry” was written by Van Sant, Affleck and Matt Damon.
    3) Dominik saw “Gerry” and cast Affleck for “The Aassassination of the Jesse James and the coward Ford”
    4) Manchester by the sea – Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta and Critics award. Screen actors guild , Australia, Chicago & others.
    5)Light of my Life – Affleck was the writer, director and an actor.

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    polaroid by Gus Van Sant

    Happy birthday Casey Affleck