Author: Randy Gener

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  • Prof. Heiner Goebbels

    Heiner Goebbels wins the 2012 International Ibsen Award

    BERLIN: Heiner Goebbels, the maverick composer and theater director, has been named the winner of the 2012 International Ibsen Award, it was announced in Berlin today. One of the world’s most important theater prizes, the International Ibsen Award is being honored “for bringing a new artistic dimension to the world of drama or theater.” The winner receives 2.5 million kroner (330.000 Euro). The jury’s citation says: “Heiner Goebbels – creator of works for theatre, theatre director, composer, musician, teacher and festival programmer – is one of the great creative personalities of today. He is responsible for an astounding body of work in disparate disciplines and has exerted a profound influence on theater practitioners and musicians. His theatrical work extends from a large scale work for the opera house to an installation for theater without actors. Each piece is essentially different in character and form and each is genuinely ground breaking. He is a true innovator and his works defy conventional definition. “He has explored and expanded the relationship between theatre and music and in so doing has developed the elements of theatre in a way that has opened up new insights and possibilities. In this way he fulfills the fundamental purpose of …

  • Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V | Photo courtesy of Inamori Foundation

    Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V at San Diego’s Kyoto Symposium, March 20-22

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Tamasaburo Bando V is one of Japan’s most celebrated performers of Kabuki, the traditional dance/drama form whose roots date back some 500 years. On Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the 61-year-old artist offers a free presentation that is open to the public as part of the annual Kyoto Symposium, March 21-22, at the University of San Diego (online registration is required at www.kyotoprize-us.org). In 2011, Tamasaburo became a Kyoto Prize laureate. He received this prestigious $625,000 prize, bestowed every year by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. A tate oyama, or leading interpreter of female roles, Tamasaburo is one of Japan’s most famous Kabuki actors, known for performing onnagata (female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition. Using the backdrop of his life’s work, Tamasaburo will reveal the skills he uses in playing Kabuki roles, including the essentials of hard work and the ideals of beauty as pursued by the artist. Devoted to his art since childhood, Tamasaburo made his public stage debut at age seven. Beyond kabuki, he has been featured by the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with renowned artists from around the world. His films include Gekashitsu (The Operating Room), which he co-wrote and directed; and Andrzej Wajda’s Nastasja, in …

  • Caribbean Carnival Artist Peter Minshall

    Designing carnivals: Trinidad’s foremost Caribbean carnival artist lectures at Yale Rep, March 23

    NEW HAVEN, CONN.:  The Caribbean‘s leading Carnival artist will lecture on how “to play mas.” On Friday, March 25, 2:30 to 5pm, the Caribbean artist Peter Minshall will give a talk, entitled “Blue Devils, Bats and Fancy Sailors,” in which he will detail the “mas,” a form of creative expression in the Trinidad Carnival. The talk, organized by the Yale School of Drama, will take place at Yale Repertory Theatre‘s lounge, at the corner of Chapel and York Streets in New Haven. Mas is based on the practice of masquerade, but it has long transcended mere costume.  It is a performance art, a form of street theatre, the enactment of adornment, a dance of the cloth, Minshall states. In sharing his personal creative journey, Minshall will describe the carnival foundations upon which he has drawn, and the contemporary works of art and theatre that he has created, over the course of three decades, in this arena of chaos and catharsis. Minshall trained in Carnival design in the streets of Port of Spain and in theatre design in London. Since the 1970’s he has pioneered the “living art” of the masman, transforming the notion of puppetry into gigantic sculptural characters that move …

  • Geoff Dyer, Edith Pearlman, Roberts B. Silvers take home NBCC Awards

    NEW YORK CITY: Have you ever seen book-loving vultures at a swanky party? I have. At the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards reception I attended tonight, no two goody bags contained the same set of free books. (All books were finalists for the NBCC Awards.) Before leaving the party, the people hovered over the table, ransacked each of the goody bags, tossed aside the freebies they did not like, and replaced them with books from the other bags they actually wanted to take home. It was like a mad street fair. Only in New York! The award ceremony was held at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City on Thursday, March 8. Author Edith Pearlman took home the NBCC award for for fiction for her collection, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Lookout Books). And Maya Jasanoff. won the nonfiction award for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf). Geoff Dyer took the criticism award for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews (Graywolf Press). John Lewis Gaddis won the biography award for George F. Kennan: An American Life (Penguin Press) and Laura Kasischke won the poetry award for Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon Press). …