Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are DeadImageMikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.CreditAleksandr GalibinBy Sophia Kishkovsky
June 8, 2018MOSCOW — In the early 2000s, Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, playwrights who were husband and wife, were lamenting that Russian theater had grown ossified and distant from society’s problems a decade after the fall of the Soviet empire.
Then, sparked by an encounter with the Royal Court Theater of London, they set about trying to change that.
As part of a cultural exchange with the Londoners, they learned about documentary theater — the use of interviews, oral history and journalistic sources to create works for the stage. Ms. Gremina and Mr. Ugarov embraced the technique, brought it to Moscow and in 2002 established Teatr.doc, a theater company that presented shockingly..
Approximately four months after a school shooting devastated their community, a handful of theater kids from Parkland, Florida, took the stage at the 2018 Tony Awards, performing an emotional "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent."
"Please join me in showing your love for the members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department," actor Matt Morrison of "Glee," said as he welcomed the students to the Tony Awards stage Sunday evening.
Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was honored at the award show with the "Excellence in Theatre Education Award."
In the wake of the tragedy that rocked her community when a gunman opened fire at the school on Valentine's Day, killing 17 people, Herzfeld helped her students to recover from the trauma through music, arts, and theater. She also supported the student's movements for gun reform that garnered nationwide attention.
Moreover, Herzfeld has been credited with saving the l..
Amy Gilman has lived in Madison only a few months — but will likely become one of the more visible faces in the city’s art world.
Gilman became the director of the Chazen Art Museum of UW-Madison in September, succeeding longtime director Russell Panczenko, who retired last summer. Formerly deputy director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Gilman now commutes to work by bus from her home in Madison’s Faircrest neighborhood, where she lives with her husband, Doug Patterson, a stay-at-home parent, and 3-year-old son Brice.
One of the city’s cultural gems, the Chazen Museum of Art has a bold presence at 750 University Ave. The museum’s collection consists of some 20,000 works of art, from ancient to modern. Admission is free. The Chazen also hosts events such as live music, tours, community events and classic film series.
Gilman, 48, spent her initial months in Madison mostly meeting people and getting input on the Chazen and its relationship to the community. Those conversations will help her..
MONTEREY PENINSULA ART FOUNDATION GALLERY, 425 Cannery Row, Monterey. mpaf.org, 655-1267. +2 “Dance of the Flowers,” by Anna Krieger. Creative Horizons is a group exhibit opening Jan. 13. Viewable daily 11am-5pm until April 8.
WINFIELD GALLERY, Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 624-3369, winfieldgallery.com +2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
“M Ms,” by Karen Shapiro. Shapiro’s Oversized Ceramics are still viewable 11am-5pm Mon-Sat and noon-5pm Sun.
PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-2208, pgartcenter.org +2 “Bridal Veil Falls,” by Bonnie L. Tucker. A gala and reception for the PGAC’s new exhibits happens Jan. 12, from 7-9pm.
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Aaron Mattocks, a Bessie Award-nominated dancer and producer who has worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Big Dance Theater, will be the Joyce Theater’s next director of programming, the organization announced on Thursday.
Mr. Mattocks will start on Feb. 1 and succeeds Martin Wechsler, who led the theater’s programming for 22 years before stepping down at the end of last year.
“After an extensive search that produced several wonderfully talented candidates, I am extremely confident that we have identified the best person for the position,” Linda Shelton, the Joyce’s executive director, said in a statement. “Aaron’s multilayered background as a dancer, artist and administrator is sure to enhance our programming on many levels.”
Mr. Mattocks is the executive director of Big Dance Theater, the troupe led by the artistic directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. He has also worked with Ms. Parson on her choreography for the film “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Str..
KOCAELİA shelter dog, adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters, has become a theater artist in ‘of Mice and Men.’ She will also play in the theater’s future projects.
A dog, which had been found sick on the street by the Kocaeli Municipality animal shelter teams and adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters after a treatment process, has become a theater artist.
The dog, named Boncuk, has started a new life in theater and has recently been given a role in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” as Dolares.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Kocaeli City Theaters’ general art director Fatih Sevdi said the former dog in the play had to be replaced for particular reasons.
They then decided to adopt a dog from the shelter, he said.
“It will be good for both of us. Boncuk has created a warm atmosphere in the theater from the beginning. She was a bit weak when she came. Stray dogs and shelter dogs have suffered trauma. This is why everyone has wel..
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society's Cinema Art Theater will present "Human Flow," an epic film journey led by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei.
"Human Flow" gives breathtaking visual expression to the massive human migration currently taking place across the world. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. "Human Flow" comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will the global society emerge from fear, isolation and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity?
Screening times are 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16; 3 p.m., Sunday..
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