Category:
Avant Garde

Pope.L, Crawl Artist, RIP

We don't want this recent death to get lost in the end-of-the-year chaos!

His obituary.






Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 03, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Urban Life, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

PLAY:  A Ballet by Alexander Ekman

Your opinions of these clips solicited.

The creator's Wikipedia page.







Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 13, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Avant Garde, Dance, Twenty-first Century

Ross Bolleter’s Music for Ruined Pianos

His Wikipedia page.

Over the past thirty years Bolleter has explored the timbral possibilities of ruined pianos, as quoted: old pianos that have been exposed to the elements of time and weather thus acquiring novel and unexpected musical possibilities. A piano is ruined (rather than neglected or devastated) when it has been abandoned to all weathers and has become a decaying box of unpredictable dongs, tonks and dedoomps. The notes that do not work are at least as interesting as those that do.

Ross Bolleter has five ruined pianos in his kitchen including the original ruined piano from Nallan Sheep Station, near Cue, 800 km north east of Perth, Western Australia. At Kim Hack's and Penny Mossops's olive farm, Wambyn, near York, Western Australia, Kim Hack and Bolleter developed the Ruined Piano Sanctuary, where some forty pianos are ruining in their own ways, and at their own pace, variously under trees, in dams, and on roofs. Bolleter's CD Frontier Piano, which represents the best of his work from 2007–2014, is almost entirely devoted to recordings of these dying pianos. Each piano in decay is a long-running composition. Death comes to every piano, and dying, each sings a different kind of song.




Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 28, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Destruction, Music, Avant Garde, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Mystery Illustration 112

What Shakespeare play--one of the more famous--does this production with its bizarre costumes portray?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.









More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 12, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Theater and Stage, Avant Garde, 1950s

Tenjō Sajiki

A small sampling of the avant-garde theater of the troupe named Tenjō Sajiki. Their Wikipedia entry.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 11, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Theater and Stage, Avant Garde, Asia, Twentieth Century

Punch and Judy:  The Opera

The Wikipedia page for the opera.

The work caused great controversy with members of the audience, because of the violence of the plot and the nature of the music. Benjamin Britten was reported to have left the premiere at the interval.[3]


The composer's Wikipedia page.

Birtwistle's music is complex, written in a modernistic manner with a clear, distinctive voice, with sounds described as of "sonic brashness".[10]


Your reactions solicited.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 31, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Myths and Fairytales, 1960s

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