Friday, October 12, 2012

Bookmarks List/Bedside Table

Currently reading/watching/enjoying:

This mesmerizing video, “Shutters Shut, ” by the Nederlands Dans Theater. The choreography is set to Gertrude Stein’s “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso, ” and it is amazing. What a poem looks like (well, what a poem by Stein looks like!). 

This article, “The Most Romantic Story Ever Told,” by Aimee Bender (in the LA Review of Books). Bender discusses fairy tales, and investigates the enduring popularity of Beauty and the Beast. I love her interpretation of why readers/viewers root for the Beast. She explains, “We grow attached to the beast because we love who he is. We love that he is a beast, that he is rough-edged, moody, troubled; kind, connected, and real.”

This awesomely strange poem, “Information Kiosk,” by Jason Bredle (in Anti--). I am also reading his new book, Carnival (from the Akron Series in Poetry). More on that later...

What are you reading/enjoying?


  1. Love the video. Sent it on to my choreographer brother-in-law!

  2. This is wonderful, Hannah! What a perfect pairing.

    I directed a piece once that comprised a voice-off 'phone conversation between a pair of breaking-up lovers and I had two dancers illustrating the dialogue. It was a real challenge for us all, but the performers were excellent and we got there with it. There's massive potential in dance/mime/movement driven by the spoken word. I'd love to have another go some time.


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