Posts Tagged ‘theater’

Star Wars Wayang Kulit

November 2, 2018

Note: That’s not your doorbell, it’s an instrument on the soundtrack.

A Star Wars shadow puppet play (wayang kulit), explained by Malaysia’s Pak Daim, a tok dalang (master puppeteer). The Wayang Kulit tradition has entertained audiences in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia with dramas bringing folktales, Hindu mythology, and Balinese sagas to life. Pak Daim’s company and artist Tintoy Chuo created a shadow drama of the Star Wars saga using traditional techniques and instruments, with added special effects and sounds. There are shadow puppets of Stormtroopers, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia, and Darth, even an Imperial Star Destroyer.

Video by Singapore’s TODAYonline.

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Leonard Nimoy: “Zayn oder nit zayn? Ot vos s’iz di frage.”

March 2, 2015

Actor Leonard Nimoy (1931 — 2015) recites Hamlet’s soliloquy in Yiddish, his family’s first language, during a 2013 interview with Christa Whitney. From the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.

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Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

December 19, 2012

Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

Playwright and film director John Grissmer has written a play about the invention of Basketball by James Naismith in 1891. It’s a musical.

Yago Colás teaches comparative literature,  philosophy, and the Cultures of Basketball at the University of Michigan. He’s reviewed the play:

“Basketball, The Musical,” Yago Colás, The Classical

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Sociologist’s Totems

November 27, 2010

Sociologist's Totems

“The lyrics of contemporary popular song, of rock and rap and country, are the ones which reflect the immediacy of our world, much as theater songs did in the first half of the twentieth century. They are the sociologist’s totems.”

Who wrote that?

Robert Christgau? Simon Frith? Todd Gitlin? Peter Wicke? Robert Palmer? Lester Bangs? Paul Friedlander? R. Serge Denisoff? Greil Marcus?

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