You-review-it Monday

June 16, 2008
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A busy weekend for me included spending quality time with "Some Men" at the Phoenix Theatre, an afternoon visit to the Indy Jazz Fest, finally getting to see "Iron Man" at the movies, a trip to Bollywood courtesy of the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and three hours in front of the tube watching the Tony Awards.

If any or all of this coincided with your actions, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Or share what else you may have seen or heard in the A&E realm this weekend.
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  • On Thursday, I went and saw a series of short films by Ray and Charles Eames paired with a couple of tribute films by their grandson, Eames Demetrios, who was there to introduce each film and field questions at the end. Admittedly, I am a little Eames-obsessed (I decorated our baby's room with Eames design elements), so I really enjoyed the event.

    Eames Demetrios is Chairman of the Eames Foundation, so he is entrenched in their legacy professionally and personally. The interweaving of personal and professional connection in his stories and introduction to the films quite memorable.

    Charles Eames is quoted as saying, Take pleasure seriously. That pretty much sums up the experience of the Eames film series.
  • FYI: The films Ryan refers to were screened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
  • I have to mention the amazing and incredible performance of the ISO doing the Verdi Requiem on Saturday evening. What an accomplishment to attempt such a huge piece, including the Symphonic Choir, Apollo's Voice from Bloomington, four world class soloists and of course our own dazzling orchestra under Maestro Mario Venzago's passionate baton. The result was a sublime and ecstatic hour and a half that showed us what the human spirit is cpable of. Certainly a magnificent way for the ISO to end it's Classical season, and an enormous artistic achievement. Bravo!
    David Hochoy
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  • Evidently the previous try at this didn't work.

    I did a search on Hooray for Bollywood on the A&E site and came up with nothing. So... Allow me to be the apparently the only person who wants to comment on Hooray for Bollywood, presented by the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre on June 13-14 at Pike Performing Arts.
    It was GREAT! If it weren't for conflicts on the 14th, I would have seen it again. The performance on the 13th was so good--anyone even slightly familiar with (East) Indian classical dance and the Bollywood phenomenon could tell that the company had done its homework. And for those not familiar, it was a feast for the eyes, ears, and a demonstration that the hardest working people in show business are dancers. I am merely a sometime actor; I used to think that took a lot of effort and time until I saw Hooray for Bollywood. Those dancers really worked the stage and their bodies! I am in awe of their execution, and I congratulate and thank G. Hancock for coming up with the concept and choreagraphy. The 1st Act--Devdas--was a tragic story of love and dissolution--so well danced and choreagraphed. The second Act began with Lagaan, an exhibition that wowed the crowd. Sari followed Lagaan--it was a beautiful, meditative appreciation of that garment and its tradition in the face of modernity--a break from the much more energetic passages of the 1st Act and Lagaan.. The world premiere of Tollywood was a terrific finish to the evening--so energetic that words cannot convey its impact. Using Telagu film music, in contrast to the Hindi (I think) film music of the rest of the program, the agility and confidence of the company of fast-moving bodies nearly colliding as they rushed over the stage was impressive. An evening very well spent. I applaud and thank the dancers and Hancock and look forward to repeat performances of the Bollywood/Tollywood repertoire, as well as future presentations. So there.
  • My review of Hooray for Bollywood will appear in the upcoming print edition of IBJ. It should be posted on line this weekend. You should be able to find it by Sunday at www.ibj.com/arts.
    --Lou

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