Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Worth a Look

Here are some posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

The Legend of Zelda

2AMt: I was a lucky audience member for the Oct 26th SDC Zelda Fichandler Award presentation at Arena Stage (which was given, this year, to Blanka Zizka of Wilma Theater). I wanted to attend, in part, because I had just joined the stage directors and choreographers union a few weeks prior and, in part, to support Howard Shalwitz who was being recognized as the Distinguished Finalist. What I didn’t expect was an education in the significance of the early regional theatre movement and how its principals can guide the theatre of today in becoming a true force in our cultural landscape, once again.

Study: On-Screen Gender Inequality Persists in Hollywood

Backstage: A survey of the top 100 grossing movies of 2009 showed that male speaking roles continued to clearly outweigh female roles and that females showed more skin on-screen, the "LA Times" reported.

From Petipa to Balanchine, Borrowing Is Part of Dance The “Nutcracker” season is almost upon us — but can you be sure who choreographed all of the versions you might see? Last year, as I toured the United States in a “Nutcracker” marathon, I observed how more than 12 American productions featured the Sugar Plum pas de deux that Lev Ivanov choreographed for the 1892 original in St. Petersburg. But in only one case was the pas de deux — whose adagio, early on, features a beautifully spectacular phrase unlike anything else in 19th-century ballet, with the ballerina seeming to peel herself open in her partner’s arms — actually credited to Ivanov.

Good theater is good for the economy, to tune of $1.9 billion

The Denver Post: It will come as no surprise to artists that, for the second straight year, nonprofit theaters contributed $1.9 billion to the national economy in 2010, according to the latest annual survey by Theatre Communications Group.
But it might come as a surprise that no one seems to care. Or at least that figure doesn't hold much sway when it comes to supporting arts-funding measures at the ballot box.

NY Times Discovers The Coming Legal Battle Over 3D Printing

Techdirt: We've been discussing 3D printing for over a decade, including warning that some of the disrupted companies/industries are likely to go ballistic and talk about how they're being "robbed" by this form of competition. Hopefully, enough people realize this is crazy, but it seems doubtful.

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