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Quartetto Fantastico Brings Multimedia Improvisation to Arts Alive

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 9/11/2014 2:48:00 PM

Quartetto Fantastico is a LA based string quartet that specializes in creating multimedia vignettes, with artists simultaneously improvising music and video. They're performing on Friday, September 19th at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. But you can catch them this Saturday at 8AM on Arts Alive.

Behind the Scenes of LA Opera's Art Deco La Traviata

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/8/2014 12:47:00 PM

LA Opera will open its 2014-15 season with a sparkling, Art Deco production of Verdi's La Traviata. Nino Machaidze is the glamorous party girl, Violetta, and Arturo Chacón-Cruz is her handsome Alfredo. Maestro Plácido Domingo will appear on stage in the role of Giorgio, a father determined to do the right thing.

Placido Domingo with Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacón-Cruz

Before the opera opens, we were invited backstage to hear behind-the-scenes details of the production.

some of the smiling faces behind LA Opera's La Traviata

The Cast: Arturo Chacón-Cruz  (playing Alfredo Germont), Nino Machaidze (playing Violetta Valery), Plácido Domingo (playing Giorgio Germont) and Marta Domingo, the director.

Marta Domingo created the Art Deco look of the show. She says she wanted to update the production while respecting the libretto and the ideas of the composer. That meant avoiding added elements that would just read as absurd or laughable.

"You see," said Domingo, "I have seen more than 20 productions of La Traviata, all so different you can't even imagine. The last one ...

Getty Villa Welcomes "The Persians": Breathing New Life into the First Drama

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/26/2014 11:12:00 AM

For this year's outdoor theatrical production from antiquity, the Getty Villa is hosting one of America's leading theatre ensembles, SITI Company. The play is The Persians by Aeschylus and is an emotional story of war, victory and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. When you're bringing a play first performed in 472 BC to a contemporary audience, how do you make it feel relevant and alive?

To answer this question, I talked to the play's director, Anne Bogart. She's won two Best Director Obie Awards, was one of the founders of SITI Company and is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Concentration. I also talked to two cast members: Ellen Lauren who plays the Queen and Leon Ingulsrd who appears as part of the Chorus.

Here is what they had to say about internalizing this ancient script and using voices and bodies to bring it to life ...

Hearing the Voices of LA at the Krupnick Festival of the Arts

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 8/19/2014 12:23:00 PM

Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts is a citywide collaborative series bringing Jewish artists together with artmakers from diverse communities across Los Angeles to create original works. For the festival, choreographer Danielle Agami and her company Ate9 were paired with Persian electronic musician Omid Walizadeh. Their collaboration, For Now, will be performed Sunday, August 24th at 3PM at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with Walizadeh DJing live on stage.

I talked to Agami about her dance roots in Israel's renown Batsheva Dance Company and the feelings behind For Now

To hear more of my conversation with Agami, who has already shaken up the LA dance scene after arriving here just a few years ago, listen to Arts Alive this Saturday at 8AM.

The second half of the Voices of LA series kicks off this Thursday, for more information and for free tickets to any of ...

Kenneth Turan Remembers Meeting A Then-Unknown Robin Williams

Posted By: KUSC · 8/13/2014 12:54:00 PM

Like many of you, we were stunned and saddened to hear about the death of Robin Williams earlier this week. His friends and family are in all of our thoughts.

We've been sharing our own Robin Williams memories and favorite roles with each other and wanted to share this story from film critic Kenneth Turan with you. Turan talked to Gail Eichenthal about when he first met Robin Williams and how he'll remember the legendary comedian and actor.

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