Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed Afternoon of a Faun, using the music of Claude Debussy. In this interpretation, Leon Bakst’s scenery and costumes have been stunningly reconstructed by Ralph Holmes. The original choreography, designed to evoke the two-dimensional flatness of a Greek frieze, was reconstructed by Elizabeth Schooling and William Chappel. Continue reading
My Funny Valentine performed by Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Italian Big Band brings a jazz favor to the day that honors romance. Continue reading
Tina Turner taught the world how to walk in high heel shoes. At the 1985 Grammy Awards telecast Turner performed What’s Love Got To Do With It and made one of the biggest comeback in music history. Continue reading
Vamp, starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace is a 1986 comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, and co-written by Wenk and Donald P. Borchers. Continue reading
The O’Jays are a R&B and originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The group is from Canton, Ohio and was formed in 1958. The O’Jays had their first chart appearance in 1963 with Lonely Drifter. Continue reading
Geoffrey Holder’s Banda dance debuted in the 1954 Truman Capote/Harold Arlen musical House Of Flowers. Holder the Baron of The Cemetery (based on the Haitian Loa of Death Baron Samedi) and received both a performer and choreographer credit in the program. The Broadway musical takes place somewhere in the West Indies during Mardi Gras weekend. Continue reading
Changed performed by Gospel legend Tramaine Hawkins and written by husband Walter Hawkins. Tramaine Hawkins has won two Grammy Awards, two Doves, and 19 Stellar Awards. Continue reading
The Hire are an eight short films BMW film series, directed by Guy Ritchie and produced for the Internet in 2001 and 2002. The series starred Clive Owen as the Driver, and featured icons including Madonna, James Brown, Marilyn Manson, Gary Oldman Don Cheadle and Forest Whitaker. The series highlighted the performance aspects of various BMW automobiles.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011) was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995. The works developed theme, sumptuous costumes and sets and focused choreography received approval from both audiences and critics. This excerpt is another example of The Royal Ballet’s soloist Eric Underwood’s technical versatility and artistic virtuosity. His performance as the playfully seductive Caterpillar epitomizes an artist in total control of his craft (and vicariously recalls my own days savoring “special” mushrooms). Out and About NYC Magazine is proud to again spotlight this American artiste who is at the top of his game.