Arts + Culture
Boyish British choreographer Liam Scarlett created Asphodel Meadows, his first major work—and sensational hit—for London’s Royal Ballet in 2010. Now the 27-year-old serves as the company’s artist-in-residence, and this fall mounts world premieres for New York’s American Ballet Theatre as well as the Royal. He spoke to T+L about the new ballets and his cultural agenda for the season.
Q: Tell us about your first piece for American Ballet Theatre.
A: It’s a chamber piece with four couples, debuting on the opening night of ABT’s 75th anniversary season. I’m looking forward to working with the exceptional Marcelo Gomes and the talented Misty Copeland and Sarah Lane (Oct. 22–Nov. 2).
With their shaggy corn-silk hair and seafarer beards, the strapping members of the Danish String Quartet could be mistaken for 21st-century Vikings. But unlike their marauding forebears, this supremely gifted group of thirtysomething Scandinavians—three Danes who met as schoolboys and a Norwegian cellist—is out to conquer the world through sheer musical charisma. Already hailed as one of the finest ensembles of their generation, and now in the middle of a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in New York City, the DSQ will continue to win over North American audiences this fall with a tour that includes Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver; New York City; and La Jolla and Santa Barbara, California. Oct. 10–Nov. 18.
Photo courtesy of Caroline Bittencourt / the Danish String Quartet
Floral design superstar Michael Gaffney has cracked “the DaVinci Code of flower design,” and he’ll be the first one to say it. If you’ve have ever marveled at professional bouquets and wondered why your own arrangements look so disorderly, book a spot at the pop-up Floral Design Classes at Hyatt Union Square New York.
In The White Sheik, a 1952 film by the great Italian director Federico Fellini, a young newlywed wanders onto the set of her favorite television show. She watches, star struck, as actors parade through in elaborate costumes, getting ready to shoot a scene. Her feeling of awe is palpable, and familiar to many of us who have caught a glimpse of a favorite TV show or movie being filmed.
Cinecittà World, a new theme park opened last month in Rome—a city rich in film history—aims to bring some movie magic to the public. Inspired by Cinecittà, the film studio that was once called Hollywood on the Tiber, it offers twenty attractions, eight film sets, and four theaters.
A string of Golden Era theaters in downtown Los Angeles are taking a second bow. The Ace Hotel acquired the Gothic-Deco United Artists Theater, renaming it the Theatre at Ace Hotel and cleaning the murals commissioned by previous owners Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Acts on the eclectic bill range from the L.A. Dance Project (Oct. 24–26) to Glaswegian folksters Belle & Sebastian (Oct. 6). Two blocks north, a thorough renovation of the Globe Theatre is giving new life to the Beaux-Arts vaudeville palace as a venue for everything from concerts to film premieres. And the once-tawdry Regent Theater is now a multiuse performance space that includes an Italian gastropub and a cocktail bar with a vintage-vinyl soundtrack.
Photo courtesy of SPENCER LOWELL
New York City
The Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle perform at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 1–6;) before participating in director Peter Sellars’s visionary staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 7–8).
New York City
"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrates the gift of an unparalleled collection of works by Picasso, Braque, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger, each of whom propelled Modernism in unique artistic directions. Oct. 20–Feb. 16.
The Spanish master Francisco Goya’s aristocrats, children, witches, and madmen are the subject of a landmark exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, with more than 160 paintings, prints, and drawings. Oct. 12–Jan. 19.
Ziggy Stardust gets the art-historical treatment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in “David Bowie Is,” devoted to the glam rock icon and featuring costumes, stage sets, and video installations. Sept. 23–Jan. 4.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, imbued the new Aspen Art Museum with his trademark ingenuity, including a striking basket-weave wood façade and a rooftop sculpture garden.
The Inbursa Aquarium, in Mexico City, is Latin America’s largest, with four subterranean levels housing more than 5,000 species. The structure by Fernando Romero abuts the architect’s Museo Soumaya and David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex. Plaza Carso.
Opera was invented in Florence, but only now does the city have a venue dedicated to the genre. The new marble-clad Opera di Firenze complex has a state-of-the-art theater and concert hall, close to the centro storico.
In Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront neighborhood Barra de Tijuca, Christian de Portzamparc’s sweeping Cidade das Artes brings together an art gallery, chamber-music hall, and 1,250-seat auditorium.
Photo courtesy of David Alexander Arnold
“Are you going to a wedding?” a couple of passersby ask as a parade of people dressed in their finest white garb emerge from the New York City subway carrying picnic baskets, folding tables, and chairs.
“No,” the group leader responds—for they are headed to the world’s largest, most highly anticipated pop-up party. Initiated by François Pasquier over 25 years ago in Paris, the Dîner en Blanc has taken the world by storm. Approximately 12,000 people attended the pop-up picnic in Paris this year. The organizers of the New York City dinner, slated for August 25, expect around 4,000 people.
This fall, Hollywood celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Bradley Cooper take their talents to the theater.
Just weeks before the release of his new album, I Don’t Dance, singer-songwriter and South Carolina native Lee Brice sat down with T+L to talk Charleston, Music City, and life on the road.
Q: What can fans expect from I Don’t Dance?
A: The new album is very dynamic. It’s diverse in that it mixes all the different types of music that I grew up listening to. I’m such a country guy at heart, and I can’t not be a country man singing country music, but there are little dazzles of the things that I love in R&B and the things that I love in rock, and blues, and gospel music. Some of that stuff comes through on the record. And then just be ready for a very personal record. I try to tell the truth on it.