LIGHTLY NOW: Gabrielle Lansner Dances Summer at Sitelines
One of the joys of summer in the city is the traditionally indoors getting a shot at existing outdoors. Films, parties, meals—for three months each year, New Yorkers get to take them outside. Since 2004, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s site-specific dance series, Sitelines, presented as a part of the River to River Festival, has given John Q. Lunch Hour the chance to see dance in his neighborhood, free, on the grass and among the trees.
As part of Sitelines this August, the New York-based gabrielle lansner & company presented Turning Heads, Frocks in Flight on the wooden jetty in South Cove, Battery Park City. Described by Lansner as “an exuberant dance and dancing parade inspired by a series of colorful and fanciful dresses by artist Caterina Bertolotto…A celebration of freedom and personal transformation,” the performance did come off as something of an I Am Woman fashion show as the strikingly diverse company walked and emotionally vogued in synchronous lines over an arched bridge and around the jetty, where the audience was seated along a low curved wall.
As we were leaving, the man who had been sitting next to me crumpled his brown lunch bag into a ball and said, “Well, that was nice, wasn’t it?” before shooting it into a wastebasket. “Yes,” I said. “It was.”
April Greene, the Rail's dance editor, lives, writes, and bikes in Brooklyn.
from City of BlowsBy Tim Blake Nelson
FEB 2023 | Fiction
Those familiar with Tim Blake Nelson's work in Coen brothers films, the Watchmen series, or last year's Old Henry, will immediately understand that this novel's depictions of Hollywood machinations are of a higher caliber than those in any other literary work that's attempted to depict that world. City of Blows abounds in the economy and fluidity that accompanies true authorityseen in this description of a producer: “One of the biggest pricks in LA. But he gets his movies made. Directors rarely work for him twice.” What's less expected is Nelson’s investigation of the relationship between insecurity and toxicity, seen in Weinstein-esque predators but also applicable to masculinity at large. The psychological motivations and character examinations develop City of Blows from a roman à clef to a work far more universal.
Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji SomaiBy Bingham Bryant
MAY 2023 | Film
Sōmai Shinjis oeuvre consists of thorough explorations of the long take and daring soundscapes. Japan Societys Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji Somai runs April 28May 13.
My Beautiful CityBy Thomas Heise
MARCH 2021 | Field Notes
In the spring of 2020, as the plague was sweeping the city, I found myself several times a day staring at an Instagram page dedicated to the furniture and household goods New Yorkers were tossing to the curb. Amongst the flotsam and jetsam were steamer trunks, benches of reclaimed lumber, numerous upright pianos, boxes upon boxes of books, a fainting couch with flower upholstery, glass vanities, bar stools, two Noguchi coffee tables, stand-up globes (I counted at least three) that hatched open at the meridian so you could store liquor inside, seemingly every fiddle leaf fig tree in the five boroughs, and other bric-a-brac and impedimenta and whatever else could be quickly discarded in a desperate effort to get out of New York as fast as possible.
Lhasa City SeriesBy Droma Yangzom
APRIL 2023 | Critics Page
I wouldn't be surprised if Lhasa, Tibets capital city, is one of the fastest changing cities in the world. Whenever I go back, Im astonished to see all the changes. Sometimes I feel as if I cant recognize my own city.