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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elizabeth Streb: the INDY interview

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

STREB Extreme Action’s company name is truth in advertising: a group of seven superbly-trained athletes who propel themselves into harm’s way, repeatedly—against walls and floors, off of trampolines and multi-story trapeze-like platforms, into and out of close encounters with a spinning industrial I-beam as it careens across stage, and much, much more. In our Feb 17, 2010 story on the CHAT Festival at UNC-Chapel Hill, I described their edge-of-your-seat maneuvers, set to a pulsing techno soundtrack and accompanied by live and digitized video, as “a highly caffeinated remix of death-defying circus acts, gymnastics, motion-picture stunt work and modern dance." I...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Winter’s Tale at Peace College moves from bleak to pastoral, and in pajamas, too

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM

THE WINTER’S TALE Peace College Through Feb. 27; The Winter's Tale is one of William Shakespeare's last and less-performed plays, and it's easy to see why. It's literally half tragedy and half comedy, with a dark, vengeance-filled first opening act that gives way to a second act filled with songs and romantic misunderstandings; the meaning of the title comes courtesy of a charming child who will soon die: "A sad tale's best for winter: I have one/ of sprites and goblins." The new production of The Winter's Tale at Peace College's Leggett Theatre, co-directed by Kenny Gannon and Flynt...

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Discussing SPILL with artist Sarah Spencer White

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM

SPILL Installation by Sarah Spencer White Golden Belt Arts, Building 3, ROOM 100 Through Feb. 14 It took sculptor and ceramics artist Sarah Spencer White 18 months to hand-craft more than 100 individual pieces of earthenware for an exhibit at the Golden Belt gallery in downtown Durham. White's new installation, SPILL, references past and present handcrafted forms, and explores the shift between industrial and handmade, symbolic of the former Golden Belt's recent past as a functioning factory. SPILL asks us to meditate on what we expect from a vessel. Functionality or dysfunctionality? A sieve or a container? In a Q-and-A...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Celebrating the brief era of headbands, leg warmers, short-shorts and roller disco in Xanadu

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 4:04 PM

XANADU Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Jan. 28-31 For a film famously reviewed as "Xana-Don't," the ill-fated 1980 Olivia Newton-John/ Gene Kelly musical Xanadu lingers in the mind. True, it helped kill the movie musical, along with the careers of most people involved, but the color, spectacle and sheer wrongness of the whole venture gave it a certain cult appeal. And the Electric Light Orchestra songs weren't bad, either. As one who has seen multiple big-screen revivals of Xanadu and even butchered the theme song on a few karaoke nights, it's a pleasure to report that the stage musical, which premiered...

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