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 Post subject: Dance at an Art Museum???
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 8:49 am 
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The Art Museum in Philadelphia (featured in the movie "Rocky" and "David and Lisa") is a truly beautiful classical building set on the banks of the Schuylkill (pronounced school-kill) River. It has some really terrific art collections. And now it is adding dance -<P><A HREF="http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2000/12/31/arts_and_entertainment/ART31.htm" TARGET=_blank>A World of Influences Meets at the Art Museum</A><P><BR>In the summer the fountains that flow down wide flights of steps that flank the expansive entrance, are turned on - so the children of the city can play - and cool off from the summer's heat. It's a place for lover's picnics amid the English boat houses that line the river banks for rowing and sculling. <P><BR><P>------------------<BR>Approach life as a dancer approaches the barre, with grace and purpose.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance at an Art Museum???
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 10:09 am 
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The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston used to have a curator of modern dance, but I don't believe they still do.<P>------------------<BR>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>This Day in Arts History: <A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg/arthist.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg/arthist.htm</A><BR>Online portfolio: <A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <BR>

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 Post subject: Re: Dance at an Art Museum???
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2000 1:39 pm 
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I like it when the various arts decide to get together to visit. Here at the Alaska Native Heritage Center there are some museum-type aspects, but it's also a very alive place - with artists working and telling about their arts and dance groups performing at intervals on a stage, with films showing in yet another area. Since our arts - whoever we are - are related to one another it's very worthwhile to see an artistic world as a whole rather than a pie of factions.<P>As for ballet in a 'normal' museum - as historically and artistically static as ballet can appear, perhaps a museum is the place for it. Not that ballet does not change and grow, but many of those changes are really not perceptible to the general public. I certainly don't think being in a museum is an insult to ballet and do think having a variety of arts gathered in one places can help provide a more real and well-rounded view of ourselves.


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 Post subject: Re: Dance at an Art Museum???
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2001 10:27 am 
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I think that any time there is a space and a place for the arts to gather and therefore augment our experiences - so be it. Whether in a city street or a museum. <P>Pavlova was not picky about where she performed......she went from performing at Tsarkoe Selo (the Tsar's palatial summer home) to tiny theaters and even open air wooden platforms hastily erected in small towns in far away places.<P>She even danced here in San Diego, in a very tiny theater that still stands, The Spreckles Theater. One of my teachers danced on stage with her.<p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited January 01, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Dance at an Art Museum???
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2001 5:23 pm 
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I like performing in a variety of different kinds of places - not just in the same theater all the time. Though I do like them to be safe! This - "open air wooden platforms hastily erected in small towns in far away places" - sounds like it could be sketchy. Did these thrown together stages ever break while she was dancing?<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Priscilla (edited January 02, 2001).]


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Priscilla, I have a rather fabulous book on Pavlova - a really gorgeous and quite complete book with all her travels. And I know that there are many details of her travels and performing travails, but it has been so long since I read this book page by page I would be at a loss to elaborate with any authority. <P> However, I could with authority give details of dancing myself on an outdoor erected wooden stage, when the carpenters forgot to connect the two halves that met in the middle - where I was dancing sur la pointe. Oy.


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