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.

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!

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.

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.

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.
Champion Juicers date from the 1950s. This coincides with the time when UFOs began to appear. Convinced?

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.

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?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

White Rabbit Reading

White-Rab-bit, White Rab-bit, White Rab-bit
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.


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?