Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Messiah as Ballet


Meeting the Messiah…

Audi: Great show.

Christian: Thanks.

Audi: I liked the joy you exuded. Dancing with the children. And the miracles you worked on the blind and the sick. Bearing the betrayal. And ending with the crucifixion.

Christian: We thought it would be good to contrast the charity and joy in the nature of Jesus with the greed and evil of the Pharisees and Judas.

Audi: Telling the story of Christ only through dance and Karl Jenkins music… even Jesus Christ Superstar included lyrics as verbal storytelling. Took the Bible into a new dimension.

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Voice-over
Another innovative production by the Austrian Ballet Company led by Rio Mitani and Christian Martinu: dancers, choreographers, teachers, and directors. Take this around the schools!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Swimmer as a Geographical Temporal Narrative

On writing a film review…
Student: I’d like to review The Swimmer. Good movie. It got a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tutor: How many reviewers?

Student: Twenty.

Tutor: Can’t use Rotten Tomatoes as a reference. Everybody does, it’s ubiquitous, but a global ballpark percentage isn’t de rigueur, academically.

Student: So how do you justify a movie as good?

Tutor: Cite the view of respected critic: Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, Joe Morgenstern.

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Voice-over
The Swimmer (1968) traces Ned Merrill's swim home through the pools of a suburb in Connecticut. It is a backward journey through space and time, through neighborhoods he knew, and his past. Although it is a structured succession of satirical scenes, it is as much a geographical and temporal narrative as a picaresque portrayal.


Other movies to score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes include The Godfather (1972), Citizen Kane (1941), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Toy Story (1995), Rear Window (1954)… There are quite a few listed here.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Champion Juicers, Spark Plugs and Socks


On aliens and economics…
Chaman: I had a dream: I saw a Champion Juicer as a big, black truck, pulling a load of vegetables.

Chantoya: You’re constantly fantasizing about Champion Juicers.

Chaman: I’m not sure if it’s their rugged engineering, or the quality of the juice.

Chantoya: With you, it’s probably the motor.

Chaman: No, no, I like the juice they make, too. But you know, Champion is also the name of a spark plug.

Chantoya: What’s a spark plug?

Chaman: And Champion is the name of sock maker.

Chantoya: Next you’ll be telling me that Champion is a company that’s set to dominate the world economy.

Chaman: I’ll let you in on a secret. No one knows this, but it’s actually a company run by aliens. They’re set up take us over by economics.
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Voice-over
Champion Juicers date from the 1950s. This coincides with the time when UFOs began to appear. Convinced?
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Travels through the Time of Cherry Trees



A picaresque proposal…

Chikara: Had this idea of following the cherry blossom season starting from western Japan in mid-March and taking a couple of months to travel up to Hokkaido where they bloom in mid May.

Chiharu: Sounds intense. Why don’t you just stay in one place and watch one tree every day? Take a time lapse photograph once an hour. Make a movie of the petals falling. Cheaper.

Chikara: But that’s not a travel narrative. It’s only a temporal narrative.


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Voice-over
Following the cherry blossom blooming seems to have elements of a picaresque tale, since it does carry a hint of satirical comedy, and seems for some, like Chiharu, a pointless quest. But is the hero Chikara, or Cherry Blossom herself? Could Cherry Blossom be personified perhaps? Can a traveling tale have multiple heroines?
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

White Rabbit Reading

White-Rab-bit, White Rab-bit, White Rab-bit
W+R3. 
White + Rabbit Reading Rapidly. 

3 beats per chant, 3 times.
White Rab-bit, White Rab-bit, White Rab-bit. 
1-2-3. 1-2-3. 1-2-3. 

Chants Cheer even Cherubs!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Significance or Serendipity?

On the train, Joe shows Flo a series of coincidences…

Joe: We departed Yoyogi  - that’s 6 letters, at 2:04. 2+0+4=6. Coincidence!

Flo: So?

Joe: It gets more amazing. Listen. We will arrive at Takadanobaba - 12 letters at 2:10. 2+10=12. A second coincidence!

Flo: So?

Joe: This is the way a numerologist navigates. Looks for coincidences. Could I plan on a future consulting job in this field do you think, or should I forget it?

Flo: I say forget it. Stick to knitting.

Voice-over

Stayed 2 years, 2 months, 2 days
Nevertheless, playing with numbers is not just the pastime of people wanting to get rich at winning a lottery or start a new career as a numerologist. Henry David Thoreau built a cabin in the woods near Concord and stayed there for 2 years, 2 months and 2 days. Planned, or was it merely happenstance?
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