Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Poet as witness: Claudia Rankine reads from "Citizen: An American Lyric"

On October 30, 2014 Claudia Rankine gave this reading from Citizen: An American Lyric (2014 National Book Award) and discussed American racism, police violence, and responsibility at the Williams College Museum of Art. Her words, of course, remain fresh, relevant and insightful.

Dance for everybody: See "PS DANCE!"

Ana Nery Fragoso and students in PS DANCE!
(photo: Christopher Duggan)

Movement unlocks the body and heightens the spirit. -- Paula Zahn

Documentary filmmaker Nel Shelby has crafted a love letter to the power of dance and the power of learning with her new film, PS DANCE!

Narrated by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, the hour-long film takes viewers inside several New York City public schools (K-12) that incorporate dance programs into their educational vision--still a rarity in US schools.

We meet a host of lucky students and their gifted teachers--among them, Patricia Dye of Brooklyn's Science Skills High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts and Catherine Gallant of Lower Manhattan's PS 89--who make a persuasive case for the value of dance in the curriculum, with clear benefits far beyond the boosting of academic performance. Yes, teachers can use creative movement to reinforce class material students need to learn, but dance also enhances imagination, body awareness and wellness, confidence, the ability to give and take respectful feedback and to collaborate with others as dance artists do. Students need not aim for professional careers in dance to acquire habits and skills that will serve them well in all aspects of life.

Watch PS DANCE! 

THIRTEEN -- May 15, 10:30pm

WLIW21 -- May 17, 3:30pm and 10pm

NJTV -- May 26, 10pm

Click here
for more information about PS DANCE!

And join the movement to bring quality dance education
to every student nationwide:
Click here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Protest with joy: a view from Baltimore

We need to be reminded of black beauty in the face of black death. Moments of light to help us not to get lost in the darkness.
--Steven W. Thrasher
In Baltimore we need protest in all its forms. Even joyful ones
by Steven W. Thrasher, The Guardian, May 2, 2015

Ruth Rendell, 85

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85
by David Stout, The New York Times, May 2, 2015

Visit with Maria Hassabi, 2015 Alpert Award winner

Dance artist Maria Hassabi
(photo courtesy of The Herb Alpert Foundation)

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.
Click here to explore video, images and a conversation with New York-based choreographer Maria Hassabi, winner, the 2015 Alpert Award for Dance...
...for changing the nature of spectatorship, for challenging conventional ideas about performance, for stripping away busyness and the ornamentation of dancing to allow for rare contemplative experience.

Maya Plisetskaya, 89

Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89
by Sophia Kishovsky, The New York Times, May 2, 2015

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