What's it like to build a house made entirely of cardboard? And what motivates someone to put together the "50,000 square feet of cardboard, 100 gallons of glue, 30 artists, 70 volunteers, 2000 hours" (and an average of 50 cups of coffee a day) to make it all happen?
Threshold, a performance that took place August 16-19, 2012, in a house made entirely of cardboard on the campus of Georgia Tech, was one of the most talked about Atlanta dance productions of the year. The Creative Loafing feature article detailed the fascinating collaboration between the dance artists of the Lucky Penny and the innovative architectural firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. The production was a Critic's Pick in our recent Best of Atlanta 2012 issue, as was the creative mind behind the vision, Blake Beckham.
When Bruce Goldstein—Repertory Programming Director of New York’s Film Forum, editor of its quarterly repertory film calendar, and founder of the classic film distribution company Rialto Pictures—talks, you should listen.
While he's at Emory to screen a show that promises more zingers than tonight's presidential debate: William Castle's camp/horror classic The Tingler as part of the Special Effects series, (Tonight at 7:30 PM in White Hall, not the Plaza at had previously been reported), Mr. Goldstein will stick around tomorrow to deliver a special program showcasing the Nicholas Brothers, a dancing duo largely unknown by contemporary audiences despite their mad acrobatic skills, spellbinding synchronized tap and nut-busting splits bound to make male viewers wince.
Here's a terrific example of the brothers busting moves to Cab Calloway's "Jumpin' Jive" in the film Stormy Weather (the dance part starts at 1:30):
The conversation, which will include more toe-tapping clips, is free on Thursday October 4th 7:30pm, in White Hall 205. Here's complete information after the jump:
A few weeks ago, however, a small crew arrived at the park and began cleaning up, removing debris, sweeping up leaves, giving a resident frog a new home at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, hosing down, scrubbing, and repainting the walls a sparkling white. Though there's still not a drop of water in it, the pool will become the setting for lots of new noise and activity this weekend. After being given a thorough scrub and tickle by gloATL, Maddox Pool is finally ready for its close-up once again.
Fortunately, it's possible get one last blast of all of the above at this week's Cocktails in the Garden event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Thursday evening, September 20, as the Atlanta Ballet's chamber group Wabi Sabi delivers another round of site-specific performances amid the orchids and Old-fashioneds. The performances are free with paid admission to the Garden, and the event includes one free drink, with more available for purchase. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., with performances scheduled to start around 6:15 p.m.
The performance features five original pieces, including two by Atlanta Ballet principal dancers Tara Lee and Peng-Yu Chen. Also on the program are works by Nicole Jones, an Atlanta Ballet Fellowship dancer; Nathan Griswold, a former Atlanta Ballet dancer now with Germany’s Ballet Augsburg; and Gretchen Alterowitz, an associate professor of dance at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. For more information, visit the Atlanta Botantical Garden.
On Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Kate Elswit of Stanford University will discuss the artist's legacy, particularly the late work World Cities, in a free lecture at Emory University in the presentation room of the Oxford Road building. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Oxford Road Deck.
Highlights in the inaugural season include work by Sidra Bell of New York, France's Pierre Rigal performing his solo work Standing Man, a three-week residency on the Farm with Seattle-based multi-media performance duo zoe/juniper, Germany’s Pretty Ugly Dance Company founder Amanda K. Miller creating a new work on Decatur's CORE Performance, the work of international choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and a full-evening world premiere work that brings together gloATL founding artist Lauri Stallings, Atlanta visual artist Gyun Hur, and Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator.
Though Cottle is the daughter of a professional ballet dancer, her parents run a dance school, and she grew up performing, she'd never produced a show before. She started with friends, enlisting the help of two choreographers, Rachel Truitt of Phase 1 Contemporary Dance for the contemporary movement and ballet and Codie Wiggins for the hip-hop elements.
The performance is part of the company's summer series being presented in Atlanta's public places: Liquid Culture: a utopia station series. This year's Liquid Culture repeats a similar set of performances given in the same places last summer.
The first show this year occurred last Friday evening, July 6, at the corner of 15th and Peachtree in Midtown. For pictures of the event visit Creative Loafing photographer Joeff Davis' slideshow. To learn more about the series, read Davis' dialogue with gloATL dance-maker Lauri Stallings.
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