Among Elena Dubinets’ many brilliant ideas is her vision of a showcase of new music from around the world, where audiences could meet and discuss the music with the actual composers themselves. That brilliant idea that has become the Icebreaker series, which has moved from Russia through the Baltic, across land to the Caucasus and America and now, this year, to the Mediterranean.
Jane Austen’s novel Emma has proven strong enough over the past two hundred years to connect with many different audiences. It has also proven flexible enough to withstand the separate approaches of faithful rendition and tangential adaptation. It has withstood both stiff, starchy costume drama versions such as the BBC miniseries and even modern-dress musical versions.
As Argentine theater director German D’Alessandro says, “We are still in search of what is really our tradition in theatre and culture generally speaking.” This is also, however, a great strength, as Mr. D’Alessandro notes: “Because we are not part of any important tradition we can risk more than other countries.” This risk is a beautiful thing that allows for many beautiful plays like El pasado es un animal grotesco.
Tartuffe is a neoclassical play. In order to translate it into English for a modern American audience, one must choose not only between meaning and sound, prose and poetry, but also between spirit and accuracy, idiom and trope.
As anyone who ever attended a Puget Sound Cinema Society screening knows, I love Don Hertzfeldt’s work. His brilliant Lily and Jim was one of the show-stoppers of the old PSCS days and his work has only grown funnier and richer since then.
Part of the brilliant UW World Series of Music and Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts has been hailed as “startlingly imaginative performance for forward-looking audiences.” Test the superlatives out for yourselves. It’s been awhile since Shen Wei Dance Arts brought their Rite of Spring and the beautiful Folding to the Meany, so it is nice to have them back.
On January 10th, the shortlist for the first ever BBC Audio Drama Awards was announced. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Sunday January 29th, 2012 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, presented by actor David Tennant. But why begin an awards ceremony now when the BBC itself has recently axed much of their radio production?