Gigi

Posted in Theater with tags on April 4, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Gigi at the Neil Simon Theatre. IMG_5169Vanessa Hudgens starred in this Broadway Musical. First act better than the second. I liked the set but the bubbles from the ceiling was kind of hokey.

Elements: song & dance
Titles: “Gigi”
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Richard Maxwell/New York City Players “The Evening”

Posted in Theater with tags on March 28, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Richard Maxwell/New York City Players at the Kitchen. A play. A woman and two men in a bar contemplate death in an oblique way while accompanied by an imperturbable band.
IMG_5152My drinking place “Moran’s” by the Kitchen is gone. Now what?

Elements: gun, tv, blood, smoke, band, live music etc.
Titles: “The Evening”
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Ballet West

Posted in Ballet with tags on March 26, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Ballet West at the Joyce Theater. The first dance had various combinations of mostly couples interacting in mysterious ways. The second dance had two couples with women in silver hot pants posing emphatically. The third dance had a man and two women. First the women would kiss in front of the man and then text each other. Next the man would kiss one of the women and later end up with the other. This continued in an office setting and an apartment until they finally all ended up together. The last piece was based on the Shirley Jackson story  “The Lottery”. There was much happy dancing in a fenced in area and then a ton of rocks falls from the ceiling onto one of the dancers. I forgot to take a picture last night.

Elements: office, tennis rackets, cell phones, rocks, fences etc.
Titles: “The Sixth Beauty” “Presto” “Games” “The Lottery”
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Sally Silvers & Dancers

Posted in Dance with tags on March 21, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Sally Silvers & Dancers at the 92nd Street Y. IMG_5139First there was a discussion in which the choreographer explained how scenes from Hitchcock’s “The Birds” & “North by Northwest” inspired scenes from the dance. Then we saw the dance which included many fearful expressions and bodies discovered.

Elements: video, Alfred Hitchcock
Titles: “Actual Size Plus”
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The Rockettes New York Spring Spectacular

Posted in Dance with tags on March 20, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. The Rockettes New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. IMG_5137It starts with the Easter Bunny running through the audience and goes steadily downhill from there. A guy from “dancing with the stars” is an angel looking to get his wings. Essentially “its a wonderful life” redux with 3D, t-shirts cannons, flashing LED lights and giant moving robots. The rockettes contribution is minor and primarily relegated to the end. In between we get advertisements for MSG properties and fashion week.

Elements: live music, rain, animatronic lions, statue of liberty etc., 3d video, movies, audience LED wristbands and on and on
Titles: “New York Spring Spectacular”  with Derek Hough & Laura Benanti
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Paul Taylor Dance Company “Promethean Fire”

Posted in Dance with tags on March 18, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center. IMG_5129The first piece is by Shen Wei and has dancers spread all over the stage like chess pieces with occasional sprints and gyrations. The second piece is by Paul Taylor and had men and women dressed in school uniforms make awkward poses while being menace by a woman in a nude suit. The final piece is by Paul Taylor and had men and women fall only to rise up again.

Elements: live music, nude suit
Titles: “Rite of Spring” by Shen Wei’ “The Word” “Promethean Fire”
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Martha Graham Dance Company “Cave of the Heart”

Posted in Dance with tags on March 14, 2015 by seatfiller

What I saw last night. Martha Graham Dance Company at the 92nd Street Y. In the first half dancers come out in their warm up clothing  and demonstrate Graham technique and movements. In the second half they perform in costume the story of Medea and some of the movement make more sense to the audience. IMG_5057In between they allowed the audience to walk among the Isamu Noguchi sculptures and some treated them like a climbing wall.

Elements: Noguchi sculptures, crown
Title: “Cave of the Heart”
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