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THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Agnès Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women’s liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection places Varda’s filmography in the context of her parallel work as a photographer and multimedia artist—all of it a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being. — The Criterion Collection

The new box set THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA features digital restorations of thirty-nine films as well as the television productions Agnès de ci de là Varda, Nausicaa (1970), Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier, and Varda’s segments from Une minute pour une image.

Also included: rare archival footage, tributes and interviews, segments from unfinished works, and a 200-page book with contributions by Amy Taubin, Michael Koresky, Ginette Vincendeau, So Mayer, Alexandra Hidalgo, and Rebecca Bengal, as well as a selection of Varda’s photography and images of her installation art.

The feature films are divided into fifteen programs:

Agnès Forever — Varda by Agnès (2019), Les 3 boutons (2015).

Early Varda — La Pointe Courte (1955), Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958), Du côté de la côte (1958).

Around Paris — Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1962), L’opéra-mouffe (1958), Les dites cariatides (1984), T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986).

Rue Daguerre — Daguerréotypes (1975), Le lion volatil (2003).

Married Life — Le bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Elsa la Rose (1966).

In California — Uncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981).

Her Body, Herself — One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977).

No Shelter — Vagabond (1985), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (à saisir) (1985).

Jane B. — Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988).

Jacques Demy — Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), The World of Jacques Demy (1995).

Simon Cinéma — One Hundred and One Nights (1995).

La glaneuse — The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002).

Visual Artist — Visages Villages, codirected with JR (2017), Salut les cubains (1964), Ulysse (1982), Ydessa, les ours et etc. . . . (2004).

Here and There — Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011).

Beaches — The Beaches of Agnès (2008).

See link below for details.

THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

The Criterion Collection

Agnès Varda, from top: Varda in Visages, Villages; Du côté de la côte; Black Panthers; Nausicaa; Réponse de femmes poster; Salut les Cubains (2); Shirley Clarke, Gerome Ragni, and Viva in Lions Love (. . . and Lies); One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; The Complete Films of Agnès Varda, courtesy and © Criterion; Jane Birkin in Jane B. par Agnès V.; Daguerréotypes; Agnès de ci de là Varda. Images courtesy and © the estate of Agnès Varda and Ciné-Tamaris.

THE WOOSTER GROUP STREAM

Through the end of the week, five complete theatrical productions and two media works by The Wooster Group are now available to stream.

Selections include HOUSE / LIGHTS, TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!—a take on Racine’s PhèdreHAMLET, parts one and two, BRACE UP!—a reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and the video works FLAUBERT DREAMS OF TRAVEL BUT THE ILLNESS OF HIS MOTHER PREVENTS IT, and CHANNEL J, starring Anna Köhler, Kate Valk, Ron Vawter, and Willem Dafoe.

All productions were directed by Elizabeth LeCompte. See link below for details.

THE WOOSTER GROUP—CLASSIC WORKS

Through May 15.

The Wooster Group, from top: House / Lights; Hamlet, part one; Flaubert Dreams of Travel but the Illness of His Mother Prevents It; To You, the Birdie!, with Scott Shepherd, left; Channel J, with Willem Dafoe (left) and Ron Vawter (right).

HEIDI DUCKLER DANCE — ILLUMINATING THE CHANDELIER

While following a similar narrative as the longer live dance piece, ILLUMINATING THE CHANDELIER focuses specifically on the interior monologue of a woman in isolation who experiences dissociated, dreamlike feelings and has trouble connecting to the world around her. Through layers of imagery and acts of repetition, the work explores the contrasting ideas of impermanence and the irrevocable, especially in the context of what we as a society are all going through in this moment. — Heidi Duckler

This week, Heidi Duckler Dance will livestream the premiere of ILLUMINATING THE CHANDELIER, “precursor to and shortened version” of the company’s live performance The Chandelier—based on the novel by Clarice Lispector—originally slated to premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in spring 2020.

The livestream performance is free, with a $15 suggested donation to benefit the company. Following the premiere, the performance will be available on demand.

See link below for livestream info.

HEIDI DUCKLER DANCE—ILLUMINATING THE CHANDELIER

Thursday, April 30.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

Heidi Duckler Dance. Images courtesy and © the company.

F MAGAZINE LAUNCH

Join F magazine this weekend for the livestream launch of issue 10: “Real Estate,” with performances by Thatcher Keats, Tamantha, Dawn Cerny, Blair Hansen, John Miller, Aura Rosenberg, and MoneyGraham, NYC.

Contributors to F 10: “Real Estate”—designed by Tuomas Korpijaakko—include Nick Angelo, Trudy Benson, Andrianna Campbell-La Fleur, Dawn Cerny, Vanessa Conte, Jenni Crain, Liz Deschenes, DROOIDS, Russell Etchen, Peter Fend, Jen Fisher, Jamie Fletcher, Ryan Foerster, Thalia Forbes, Blair Hansen, Julie Hart, Christopher K. Ho, Miles Huston, Jeremy Jansen, Butt Johnson, Matt Kenny, Max Maslansky, Haley Mellin, John Miller, MoneyGraham NYC, Phoebe Nesgos, NOWORK, Seymour Polatin, David Rimanelli, Alex Roth, Heather Rowe, Alan Ruiz, Amanda Schmitt, Steel Stillman, Nickolaus Typaldos, and Kevin Zucker.

See links below for details.

F ISSUE 10 LAUNCH

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F ISSUE 10: “REAL ESTATE” PRINT OR PDF

April 2020.

F, from top: Issue 10: “Real Estate”; Sylvia Bataille in issue 4; issue 3: “Reflection.” Images courtesy and © F.

JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO — CHAMELEON

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s CHAMELEON (THE LIVING INSTALLMENTS)—the online response to the postponement of Chameleon: A Biomythography—will include the livestream world premiere of Stank from Chameleon: A Visual Album, a Somatic Healing session with Michelle Boulé, and, to close the presentation, a performance of The Hold, with music by Everett-Asis Saunders.

The event will also feature conversations with Kosoko and Ebony Noelle Golden, Bill T. Jones, Ashon Crawley, Autumn Knight, and Ni’ja Whitson.

CHAMELEON (THE LIVING INSTALLMENTS) is a co-production of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York Live Arts.

See links below for schedule and streaming details.

JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO—CHAMELEON (THE LIVING INSTALLMENTS)

Wednesday, April 22.

From 8 am on the West Coast; 11 am East Coast.

Link to Kosoko’s recent podcast season of American Chameleon as well.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, from top: Chameleon: A Biomythography in performance, photograph by Sara Griffith; Chameleon: A Biomythography in performance, photograph by Michael Valiquette; Kosoko, photograph by Erik Carter; Chameleon: A Biomythography in performance, photograph by Griffith; Kosoko, photograph by Carter. Images courtesy and © the artist, the photographers, and EMPAC.