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BOJANA CVEJIĆ ON WAR AND DANCE

Bojana Cvejić—philosopher, performance theorist, and author of Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance—will give a lecture this week at Redcat on war and dance. “At what moment, in the post-war era, did war surface as the political unconscious of postmodern and contemporary dance for dancers and choreographers? This does not mean […]

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Karen Eilbacher as Joan (left) and Abby Corrigan as Medium Alison in Fun Home.
Photograph by Joan Marcus.
Copyright © 2016 by Joan Marcus

FUN HOME

Near the beginning of the fascinating musical-comedy-tragedy FUN HOME, the lead character Alison tells the audience that in the show, the father and daughter (Alison) are both gay, and, while she’s away at college, her father will kill himself.  When he isn’t running a funeral home, teaching high school English, and hunting for antiques, Dad’s having […]

SALOME

“What Camp taste responds to is instant character…. [which] is understood as a state of continual incandescence—a person being one, very intense thing.” — Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ “* SALOME is an opera of instant character, and its exaltation of lust is undiluted. Bodies and things are transposed, and the protagonists begin and end […]

Jean-Louis Barrault (standing) as Baptiste. Image credit: Movie City News

CHILDREN OF PARADISE

After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, and (briefly) Jean Gabin decamped for Hollywood. Director Marcel Carné and poet–screenwriter Jacques Prévert stayed in their occupied country and, under straitened circumstances, assembled their magnum opus LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (CHILDREN OF PARADISE). “The cast is a record of Paris under the Nazis, and one […]

The Exiles, directed by Kent Mackenzie
Image credit: Exilesfilm.com

WAR, EXILE, AND “UNDERDEVELOPMENT”

“This was one of the first films to deal with the contemporary lives of Native Americans, [and is] still one of the very few pieces to deal with the Native urban diaspora, in this case in the no-longer existing L.A. neighborhood of Bunker Hill, in 1961. More broadly, THE EXILES is a film about displacement, and […]