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Three Top Choreographers Lambast British Contemporary Dance Training

April 10, 2015 - 4:03am

Akram Khan, Hofesh Schechter, and DV8 Physical Theatre’s Lloyd Newson say that dancers from elsewhere students are “fitter, stronger and more versatile”, while those trained in the UK “lack rigour, technique and performance skills.”

Even Five-Year-Olds Can Sense That It’s Sometimes Better To Tell White Lies To People

April 10, 2015 - 4:02am

“One of the best (and, sometimes, worst) things about being around young kids is how honest they are. A 3-year-old I know, for example, recently (and very sincerely) asked a visiting relative why he has such a fat belly. But at what age do kids start to realize that saying exactly what they think can hurt other people’s feelings?”

New York Attorney General Investigating Cooper Union’s Finances

April 10, 2015 - 4:02am

The inquiry will examine the handling of the school’s endowment, management of its largest asset (the Chrysler Building), the terms of the $175 million in debt the board took on for a new starchitect-designed building, and how things came to the point that a lavishly endowed insitution created to be tuition-free had to begin charging students last year.

London’s Royal Opera House Trying To Fend Off Backstage Strike

April 10, 2015 - 4:01am

“A last-ditch attempt to prevent strike action at the Royal Opera House has begun between the Covent Garden venue and backstage union BECTU. The union is seeking a 4% across the board pay increase for backstage staff who, in early March, rejected an offer from the Royal Opera House for a 2% rise.”

More Private Funding Of UK Arts Will Make London-vs-Regional Imbalance Even Worse, Says Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary

April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

“For all the efforts that have been made, and for all the good donors outside of London, actually there is a massive imbalance. The truth is that even if you do have a proper strategy, you can’t just leave it to the market.”

Eddie Murphy Wins Kennedy Center’s 2015 Mark Twain Prize

April 10, 2015 - 3:59am

Eddie Murphy let loose on the Kennedy Center stage – that should be quite some monologue at the gala on October 18.

An Interactive Map Of Shakespeare’s London

April 10, 2015 - 3:59am

“[It] pulls information from databases with names of locations, people, organizations in the city at the time, as well as reference material about the early modern period in London. These data are layered on to the ‘Agas’ base map [from 1561]. So if you click on the Middle Temple building, for example, the map will give you an idea of what it is and how it was used, back when Shakespeare was around.”

Colombian Novel From 1983 Makes Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 Shortlist

April 10, 2015 - 3:58am

In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González, “published in 1983 – by the owner of the nightclub where its author was then a barman – has been shortlisted alongside the work of international stars Haruki Murakami and Daniel Kehlmann for the 2015 Independent foreign fiction prize.”

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April 10, 2015 - 2:41am

Executive Director – Vancouver Writers Fest

April 9, 2015 - 7:55pm

The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of North America’s premier literary events. Each year, the society presents an annual six-day Festival in late October (including the Spreading the Word education program), the Incite reading series in the spring, plus other literary and fundraising events. Writers Fest activities attract more than 20,000 readers of all ages annually.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the Vancouver Writers Fest (VWF). This is a co-leadership position with the Artistic Director and the incumbents share responsibility for the overall success of the VWF and fulfilling its mission and vision. We are seeking an individual with a passion for the arts and the written word, strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated track record in team management, communication, financial management, fundraising, planning and administration and grant writing.

Responsibilities include:

  • participating in and supporting the Board’s ongoing development of policy and strategic direction;
  • developing, managing and controlling the VWF operating budget;
  • playing an active role in VWF fundraising initiatives;
  • overseeing human resources including the functions of: marketing, media relations, fundraising, box office, volunteer management, and hospitality;
  • overseeing VWF infrastructure and administrative and production needs;
  • public sector grant writing;
  • representing the VWF with outside organizations including government, other arts organizations and agencies.

Anticipated start date early June 2015.

The VWF offers a competitive compensation package, including benefits.

Please submit a cover letter and resume (in a single PDF or Word file) in confidence by email to search@writersfest.bc.ca. Application deadline: April 17, 2015.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

The Tricky Feat Of Making Opera Out Of Current Events

April 9, 2015 - 4:48pm

“Creating operas out of real events, whether in the recent or more distant past, is almost as old as the art form itself. It began in 1643 when Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, set in Rome in AD 64, was staged in Venice, though in the baroque and early classical operas that followed over the next century and a half, hard historical fact and more distancing fantasy were frequently inextricably merged.”

Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts Chooses Its Next Director

April 9, 2015 - 4:45pm

Matthew Teitelbaum, now “director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, brings not only a track record of successful museum expansion and fund-raising, but a broad approach to audience engagement and an expertise in contemporary art that could add new dimensions to the MFA.”

The Art Of Being Philip Glass (Not So Easy, As It Turns Out)

April 9, 2015 - 4:40pm

For Glass, the point is always process, the doing of the thing, more so than the result. And keeping that in mind, I’m inclined to let him define success here in his own terms: “If you don’t know what to do, there’s actually a chance of doing something new. As long as you know what you’re doing, nothing much of interest is going to happen.”

Lost In Translation (The Art Of Translating Is All Around Us)

April 9, 2015 - 4:34pm

“There is clearly a tension between the varieties of “translation” happening all around us—every moment of every day, truly one of the fundamental activities that hold our world together—and the persistent recycling of platitudes about how this activity, so basic and ubiquitous, is impossible. If the platitudes are recalled more often than translation’s pervasiveness, it is only because translators are usually invisible, their work mysterious.”

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changes The Ways We See The World

April 9, 2015 - 4:26pm

“Over the last five years, processing power and huge corpuses of teaching data have given computers the ability to detect emotions and moods. Soon, perhaps, they will be able to recognize a sideline scuffle or a player’s shift in attitude. Combine that with sensors gathering crowd reactions, the movement and changes in velocity for players and passes, historical statistics that provide context for the game and a player’s performance—and now AI is starting to encroach on analysis as well.”

How Neil MacGregor Transformed The British Museum

April 9, 2015 - 4:23pm

“Neil MacGregor transformed the reputation of the museum. It is now seen domestically and internationally as playing a vital role in understanding the human world – our shared past and present. And he achieved this without losing intellectual rigour. MacGregor has maintained the respect of scholars, and earned the esteem of modernisers – quite an accomplishment.”

Museum Of Modern Art Responds To Criticism Of Bjork Show

April 9, 2015 - 4:21pm

“As a museum that supports artists of all stripes, we accept the risk that accompanies this engagement even though we recognize some projects may not live up to our own expectations,” said MoMA Director Glenn Lowry. Amid the bad press, the Björk show is tapping into a broader vein of anxiety about the direction of the venerable art museum.

Dear Norman Lear: Is PBS Failing Its Mission? Maybe Not If You’re Thinking About The Future

April 9, 2015 - 12:49pm

I agree with Lear that “Freedom of expression is hollow if you can’t be seen or heard” — ie, if a film airs in a forest, does it change the world? — but here is where we differ, because I would argue that there are so many places to be seen and heard beyond primetime.”

Seven Reasons The Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable Right Now

April 9, 2015 - 12:43pm

“Writing for certain art magazines and blogs allowed me a Gatsbyian entrance into the lives of the extraordinarily wealthy. I got to interview art collectors, gallery dealers, models, artists, and designers who probably spend more on handbags than I do on rent. I’ve sipped champagne in a Bentley and feasted on caviar in penthouse apartments. Though I disliked some of the art I was assigned to cover, as a grad student I couldn’t really be choosy about what I wrote about. I wanted to get published, and getting paid to write, no matter the topic, felt like a blessing.”

Artist Apologizes For Scary-Looking Lucille Ball Statue – Says He’ll Fix It

April 9, 2015 - 12:38pm

The level of invective directed at the work surprised him, Poulin said. He also acknowledged that when he created the sculpture, he struggled with the project, finding that he “came up short, and was not able to rise to the challenge.”