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#1 dirac


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Posted 13 August 2001 - 06:59 PM

Another who-cares-it's August query. We had a thread along the same lines a while back, so this might be a familiar topic to some, but we have enough new people to make it worth revisiting, I think. I'm wondering what arts, entertainments, hobbies distract you when there's not much dancing on the menu? If you're a reader, what have you been reading lately? any favorites to share? If it's music you crave, what kind? (I'm trying to cast the net pretty wide, so feel free to include non-arts related interests, although if you spend several hours a day cruising the Net for kiddie porn, we'd rather not know, thanks. :))

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 10:19 AM

Not very related to ballet, but I'm involved in performance of Renaissance polyphony (choral music). Mostly 16th century - composed like Josquin, Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, etc.

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 10:39 AM

Living in a suburban beach town has meant that I have had to keep myself busy with non-dance related activities. One can find me in the Auction houses searching for antiques at ridiculously low prices. It has become most addictive I must say. Has inspired a lot of reading as well as kept me up with my passion for history, any history I am not particular.

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:01 AM

Films. I was into film before I ever saw a ballet (I'm a late bloomer). I've been so busy the past few years I haven't been able to see many--only about four a year. :) This year, three so far, were....hmmm. The one about the Cuban Missile crisis-- was it "Seven Days?" (which I liked, and thought some of the acting very fine), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which I loved and count as a dance film, although I admit that's stretching the definition a bit. And "Artificial Intelligence" which was one of the stupidest, messiest films I've ever seen--despite two great performances--and I don't know how it got out of the cutting room in the shape it did. So there.

I like to think that my other past times include reading and listening to (classical) music, but for the past ten years, everything I've read or heard has been ballet related -- not really by choice, but because I have so little time, and I need to keep my attention focused on what I'm working on.

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 12:31 PM

this summer i've gotten into refinishing furniture. in particular doing 'artistic treatments' to otherwise blah pieces. my favorite project was actually a friendly affair. i had a tea party for some close friends and had each one of them paint a nesting table. now my study has the personal stamp of all my friends. my next project will be expanding and painting my dining table...wish me luck.

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 03:02 PM

Every summer my two small grandchildren (8 and 6) come over from Washington DC to visit me here in the north of England. I have little time for other activities but I have just booked tickets to watch Roja and Kobborg and also Cojocaru and Persson dance Don Quixote in November. This helps to keep me calm when all around is chaos!

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Posted 14 August 2001 - 08:10 PM

Great post!

I'm into drama of all sorts (except musicals...I'm not voice-inclinded :)) I also LOVE to paint and draw, as well as going to gallaries. I'm also into and writing! I've written aLOT of short stories (and long ones for that matter), poems, and songs. I love it all!!!

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Posted 15 August 2001 - 12:08 AM

Summer sings - just came back from the Brahms' "Requiem" and "Naenie" tonight; reading; listening to classical music and opera (I went to Tanglewood to see/hear Deborah Voight's debut there also making her debut in Strauss' "Salome"; Politics; playing with my 3 cats; hugging the airconditioner to try to stay cool when it hit 103 degrees the other day (for those of you in Arizona and similar locations, you have NO idea of what that's like with high humidity on top of it); trying to get my computer to cooperate with me; taking care of the excessive number of houseplants we have managed to accumulate; catching up on al the TV programs I had to tape because I wasn't going to be at home (but at the ballet) to watch them. :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 August 2001 - 01:11 AM

Film and TV. For the last two years, the better writing seems to be on TV (where writers are king). I've enjoyed Six Feet Under on HBO immensely. It's season finale is this Sunday. Other shows of high caliber that I watch during the regular TV season:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls. I watch plenty of other shows (I'm a TV junkie), but those are top-notch.

Film-- summer is not the time for great film. It's popcorn movie time (my fave movie of the summer being Legally Blonde-- haven't seen Shrek). Again, here, too, TV has good movies-- HBO and SHO, that is, e.g., a recent movie (I forget the name) with Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands, I believe.

Also, books. I highly recommend (though it's not new) A Short History of a Prince by Jane Hamilton. It's not without plenty of ballet mentions.


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Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:39 AM

For most of my adult life I've been involved in singing, though now I listen to other people do it rather than do it myself - voices don't improve with age and I thought I'd better go before I was pushed! I sang first in a choir attached to a cathedral, so I'm familiar with the Palestrina/Tallis/Byrd repertoire mentioned by Doug, and then in a choir attached to a symphony orchestra. I claim to have sung almost every work in the
choral repertoire except Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, which I managed to miss. I am very interested in the music of Benjamin Britten, and also anything by Bach. I really loved singing in different languages - Russian, Czech and Hebrew among them in addition to the standard English, German and Latin.

I'm also very keen on poetry, both reading it and writing it, though I have never been satisfied with anything I've written. I would love to be more creative - especially I'd love to be paint, draw and design for the theatre, for which I have no talent whatsoever, but I enjoy looking at the work of people who can do it.

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Posted 15 August 2001 - 04:56 PM

Here in Saratoga the Philadelphia Orchestra shows up in the wake of the departing NYCB. We also have a chamber music series and local theater productions. There is so much to do for the next two weeks that it is mind-spinning; then Labor Day comes and most of it ends. SIGH! If we could only spread it out a bit more, but then again, who wants to come here in the winter? Those of us who live here don't even want to be here in February.

Tonight is the beginning of the third week of the Philly Orch. It is a perfect summer night and we'll be leaving soon to sit on the SPAC lawn, have a bottle of wine, and listen to Tchaikovsky. Friday night is Joshua Bell playing Brahms.

Tomorrow night we're going to Washington Park in Albany for a performance of "Oklahoma". Next week we'll be in NY. What a summer!

#12 Paquita


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Posted 15 August 2001 - 05:50 PM

I'm interested in film ( especially independent and foreign) and visual arts. It's too bad that Toronto's Art Gallery ( AGO) isn't that big, but I had a great time in the spring exploring NYC's Met Museum and MoMA! My favourite artists are Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas *of course*, Chagall... there are too many! There is a Klimpt exhibit going on in Ottawa, but I can't go :) I also like to sketch and draw with oil pastels as a hobby, watercolours are nice too but it's a very unforgiving medium!
As for film, I recently rented the Three Colours trilogy ( Blue, White, Red) and they are all very good. A bit slow paced for some, but excellent detail. I really liked "Crouching Tiger.." too. Of the other Oscar nominees for foreign language film I saw "Malena" ( I found it boring) and "Amores Perros" which was incredibly real and honest- there's a lot of violence but it's not used in the same way as say Mission Impossible. You feel for each character. For Canadian film, this year "Maelstrom" won a lot of awards, but it was a dissapointment for me. The comedy "waydowntown" was hillarious though :) I haven't been to the movies this summer, except for when I was dragged to "Planet of the Apes"- don't get me started... All the movies right now are those summer blockbusters, and too many sequels and remakes to count. I'd rather go to the video rental and catch up on movies I missed earlier.
I'm also starting an interest in flamenco dance and music. I took a few classes. It's great, the guitarist follows the dancer, she controls the tempo,when it finishes, etc. If only in ballet it were so easy...

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Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:19 PM

I got a nice big mac and a midi keyboard last December, and since then I've spent way too much time making music with the numerous software synthesizers, samplers and sequencers I've collected. I particularly enjoy concocting wildly inappropriate arrangements of Renaissance dance tunes.

#14 dirac


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Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:56 PM

Didn't Glenn Gould predict that listeners would be doing things like that someday? I think the idea was considered wacko at the time. :)

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Posted 15 August 2001 - 07:05 PM

In addition to opera (first) ballet (second) chamber music (third), I enjoy movies--only a few and those obsessively--and certain sports.

I saw "Moulin Rouge" six times this summer and would like to see it six more. The first two acts--essentially from the first time "the Sound of Music" is heard in the garrett until the end of the scene in the Elephant with everyone convincing the Baron to fund "Spectacular Spectacular" is as thrilling as anything I have ever seen on the screen.

It also is the only movie I can imagine that used the vocal gifts of Kylie Minogue and Placido Domingo in close proximity.

I taped and watched two hours per day of the Tour de France bicycle race every day during the last three weeks of July.

My wife is much more creative. She is a skilled water colorist and draw beautifully.

Like Alexandra I enjoyed the Cuban Missile Crisis movie (Thirteen Days) and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which we saw a few times. CTHD is a hyper-romantic movie that hits all the right notes.

Currently reading David Cairns biography of Berlioz and John Dryden's prefaces.

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