Sa Dinging: Chinese Pop Star, culturevulture.net – review

China’s restrictions on free speech are proving a hindrance to its emerging musical talents. Artists are unable to pursue controversial topics and have little crossover appeal. However, Chinese Mongolian East/West fusionist Sa Dingding has carefully avoided areas of controversy and has taken the world by storm. Unlike the adolescent army  ...

Arts Scene: Boston 2007

Upon reading the program for the performance by Stephen Petronio Company January 12 at the swanky and newly-opened Institute of Contemporary Art, I thought to myself, “gay, gay, gay!” The entire first half of the program featured Petronio’s dances set to songs by gay composer and singer Rufus Wainwright, some  ...

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia–culturevulture.net – review

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Placido Domingo With Ana Maria Martinez Eugene Kohn, conductor Feb. 16, 2009 Verizon Hall, Philadelphia http://www.chamberorchestra.org/ Superstar tenor Placido Domingo could have easily traded on his movie star aura to walk through the fundraiser concert for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Verizon Hall  ...

Big Apple Bites Jan 07

More and more artists are working with the medium of video, so much so that on a recent gallery tour through Chelsea, it seemed like every other gallery had a video installation. Heavyweights such as Robert Wilson represented; he had Voom’s assistance on his filmic “portrait” of Winona Ryder, and  ...

Mini-Reviews from All Over NYC

Betontanc at Danspace Project Slovenian company Betontanc’s Wrestling Dostoievsky, at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, took Crime and Punishment as a jumping off point, but the overall mood, and not the shouted text, made the most impact. Light fixtures made from blouses were scattered around the house and  ...

Best of 2008–culturevulture.net – review

Recently, I sent out a call to culturevulture.net writers to pick a favorite cultural moment for 2008. The variety of choices offered fits the profile of writers with whom I have the pleasure of collaborating. They are intelligent people, great writers, and individuals with a vast range of passions, areas  ...

Big Apple Bites Nov. 06

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre Several Witty Observations Photo by Piotr Woloszyk Pictured: Katarzyna Chmielewska ABT Studio Company – Works & Process The foreseeable future of ballet looked rosy judging from the talent shown at the Guggenheim Works & Process series featuring the ABT Studio Company and students  ...

MoMA Station Domination, NYC–culturevulture.net – review

Remember the sad time when MoMA closed its headquarters for renovation, forcing legions to cross the god-forsaken East River to Queens, where it shattered the space/time continuum in a hangar-like aluminum shed? It’s not exactly the same, but some masterpieces from MoMA have transplanted themselves, via giant plastic decals, into  ...