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SPAIN'S PICASSO 'NATIONAL TREASURE' SEIZED BY FRENCH CUSTOMS

 
 

(from Yahoo, 8/4; via he Drudge Repor.)

Ajaccio (France) (AFP) - A Picasso worth 25 million euros and considered a national treasure by Spain -- which had barred the painting's export -- has been seized from a boat in Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

An attempt to export the painting, "Head of a Young Woman", to Switzerland last Thursday "drew the attention of French officials", the country's customs authorities said, with officers on the French Mediterranean island boarding the vessel the next day.(Read more)

http://news.yahoo.com/picasso-national-treasure-seized-french-customs-corsica-094151144.html;_ylt=AwrXnCUstsBV0WcAtBHQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByNDZ0aWFxBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM2BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--

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ELSINORE IN DENMARK, HAMLET’S ‘HOME,’ IS HAVING A RENAISSANCE

 
 

(Seth Sherwood’s article appeared in he New York Times, 7/30; via Pam Green.)

One afternoon last fall, I walked along the North Sea coast in search of a ghost.

Admittedly, the bucolic spot felt incongruously cheerful for a paranormal encounter. A low sun splayed its rays over the blue water and the majestic red brick walls of the Renaissance castle next to me. Couples with ice cream strolled around the embankment and sea gulls floated above.

No phantoms materialized. I was probably several centuries too late.

For it was there, along the ramparts of Kronborg Castle, that Hamlet, prince of Denmark, encountered the ghost of his murdered father, setting in motion the revenge story that propels what is perhaps the most famous literary work in the English language.

(Read more)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/travel/denmark-elsinore-hamlet-shakespeare-hometown.html?_r=0

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BOOK: LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA'S HAMILTON TO GRAND CENTRAL

 
 

(from Lunch Weekly, 8/4.) 

Pop Culture
Tony Award winning composer-lyricist-actor Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON, going inside the Broadway show -- "not just the timeline of its creation, but the thought process, historical considerations, and artistic decisions that went into" the lyrics, integrating the story of Alexander Hamilton with behind-the-scenes content, all designed to look like an object from Hamilton's era, to Ben Greenberg at Grand Central, for publication in April 2016, by Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Andy McNicol at William Morris Endeavor, to be produced by Melcher Media (NA).

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INTERNATIONAL BECKETT FESTIVAL REVIEW

(Helen Meany’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/2.)

A woman is motionless on a plinth, her dark head emerging from a white feathered gown that cascades from her neck to the ground far below her. The first thought is of Winnie in Happy Days, buried to her neck in sand, suggesting a rationale for including Benjamin Britten’s final cantata, Phaedra, in the programme. This festival takes a scenic route around Beckett, pursuing lines of connection with artists who were significant to him. This year, it is the turn of TS Eliot and Racine, on whose tragedy, Phèdre, Britten based his 15-minute piece for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra.

As the audience surrounds Phaedra in the darkness, she rotates slowly, lamenting her plight: doomed by the gods to be enthralled by her stepson Hippolytus. Layers of sound extend the Ulster Orchestra’s percussion, pizzicato and Ruby Philogene’s intense arias, while the white gown disintegrates in dripping water. All elements combine to create an image of frozen grief exquisitely realised by directors Sophie Hunter and Andrew Staples.

(Read more)

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/02/happy-days-international-beckett-festival-enniskillen-review

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THEATRE SHOW EXPLORES MAN'S RAPPORT WITH MACHINES

 
 

(from France 24, 8/2.)

As part of a summer festival that showcases 18 different performance pieces across the French capital, the theatre piece “Sans Objet” invited the audience to question man’s relationship with technology.

The star of the show is a piece of industrial machinery reconverted into a marionette, which controls two dancers like objects. 

But despite the often humorous interactions between the machine and the dancers there is also a dark undercurrent to “Sans Object”, a work by the Toulouse-based new circus company Compagnie 111 and directed by Aurélien Bory. Is the machine being controlled by the humans, or is it the other way around? Is it a playful giant, or are its intentions more sinister?

The machine also rearranges the stage props as well as the human characters, inviting the audience to question the role and importance of technology in modern life.

(Read more)

http://www.france24.com/en/20150802-video-theatre-show-asks-man-or-machine

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