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Year: 2008

Alexei Ratmansky Bolshoi Ballet Director Profile

I’d like very much to see some of the work Ratmansky created while in Moscow. Created might be the wrong word, as many of the works seem to be recreations of lost works, like the “Flames of Paris”. Ratmansky in the end – even in the short piece I saw – was always about deconstruction. Rather than the matter itself, Ratmansky wanted to look at the illusion: Meta-choreography.

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Who Would Jesus Bomb?

“Every day I am inundated with email forwards, usually from church members, extolling the virtues of our nation’s leaders and the current war….They’re the ones that are always sending me these emails about how wonderful it is to bomb cities full of women and children because of a lie.


Choreolab 08: Vesna Orlic – Brenda Sahel – Dan Dactu – Karina Sarkissova – Samuel Colombert

This was my fourth choreolab in Vienna. Except it wasn’t in Vienna. For some reason, the Vienna Ballet Club moved their marquee event to St Polten. Now St Polten is fine but it’s over an hour from Vienna. I missed the Friday night premiere so I can’t tell what attendance was like for that night, but on Sunday the crowd was very, very ballet, apart from the Hungarian ambassador to Austria and a few other political luminaries.

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Una Zubovic – Lisa Cano in Vesna Orlic’s Parfum

Nothing against St Polten, but please bring choreolab back to Vienna, to the Odeon or Museumsquartier and to a wider public. choreolab should not be a private event for the Staatsoper inner circle and dancers.

The evening was very short running just over an hour with six choreographies. Gone were the past years of incredible forty five minute works from Vanessa Tamburi or Patricia Sollak. We were treated with only miniatures in this year’s choreolab.


Secret Service and Barrack Obama and The New Deal

Found a great weblog today. Infrequent posts (fortunately more frequent than the ones at La Vie Viennoise since I got lost in my business in Slovakia in the last six months) but good ones.

Items you may wish to read:

  • The implosion of the music business beginning strangely with F.D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Peter Drucker’s management analyss. The article concludes with case studies of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Peter Gabriel discussing in a serious way what might replace it.

    Despite any claims about deceased actors who snoozed through their Alzheimer’s dementia in the White House, the Soviet Union failed because their economy tanked. They went bankrupt in a foolish glut of military spending trying to convince the U.S. that it was a equal or superior military force. Now the U.S. faces a similar situation, in a world without cold war arms racing, the U.S. outspends all the nations of the world combined on it’s military. This is completely unnecessary, a loss of treasure that could be used for the good of all, and directs the nation into needless conflicts that are not “defensive”in nature. Ironically the same mindset that bankrupted the U.S.S.R. is now bankrupting the U.S.A.

  • album cover art through a case study of the Hipgnosis set who created many Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and 10CC covers. The desmise of the LP has lost us an art form.

    Hipgnosis Album Art
  • a review of current and past war propaganda. “Terror” verus “Shock and Awe”.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    When the colonists opposed the British, and dumped tea, it was called a “party”. Sounds like fun. They, who combine to fight back, we call the “axis of evil”. But when we are lucky enough to pull together 3 or 4 countries that still agree with us, we call them “an alliance of the willing.”…

    It is war. People are killed in order to allow one group of rich men to prevail over another less rich group. We don’t fight for honor, though the men who fight have the best intentions because they don’t know any better. They follow the bouncing ball and sing the song, ooh rah, and people die while my finances, peace of mind and safety quickly fade.

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WSJ encourages Tax Fraud: Heavenly Tax Havens

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Tax Evasion solicitation
from Daniel J. Mitchell
and the Cato Institute

Sometimes one opens up a mainstream magazine or newspaper and one is just astonished at what is considered acceptable thought.

A principal example of just how decadent contemporary American business culture has become is the Wall Street Journal. I’ve never had the chance to read the Wall Street Journal much as I’ve mainly lived in foreign lands where it was either a hassle or very expensive to get copies of the WSJ. One of my site promotion team at Foliovision is a business school student. At his school they get copies of the WSJ for free.

Indoctrination for young minds. Anyway my employee is kind enough to bring the leftover old copies to Foliovision where some of the other site promotion team members take the odd copy. But frankly the keenest reader is myself – I have acquired a morbid fascination with the entitlement and backpatting editorial of this ragged daily apologia for the excesses of capitalism.

When I used to write for The Economist, we at least had to show a pretence of solid economic argument and a sense of noblesse oblige. While we were definitely on the side of the monied lords, we were working for a better world. When we procribed hard remedies, it was that we thought they would do good in the developing lands. When we naysayed environmental concerns, it was because the science looked doubtful.