Yeah, that flatly declarative statement gives you an idea of how eventful my 26th birthday actually was. But that's okay; I'm putting off my official celebrating until Friday night, with a party in the works at a place in the East Village! Details, for those of you readers of this here blog who aren't on Facebook, are forthcoming (at least, if I feel like broadcasting them far and wide)...
Until then...there's this log—which, to be perfectly frank, I felt too lazy to annotate on Sunday on account of it being my birthday and all. So, for another week, at least, I'll leave this as a barebones thing.
By the way, for those who hadn't figured this out yet: For the still photos that usually precede these logs, I usually try to pick one from the work of art that impressed me most throughout the week. This past week, though, I found myself experiencing the most sheer awe at a program at the Park Avenue Armory of modern dance works conceived by Chinese choreographer Shen Wei and performed by his Shen Wei Dance Arts company. In this case, only a video, I felt, could hope to give you a sense of what I witnessed. Here below, then, are clips from Folding, a Buddhist-inflected work full of hypnotically slow movements, spare yet dizzying costume designs and a gradually enveloping sense of stillness. These selections don't come close to conveying a sense of the whole, but for now, at least, it's close enough:
★ Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987, Eric Rohmer), seen at Film Forum in New York
★ Carnage (2011, Roman Polanski), seen at Sony Pictures Screening Room in New York
★ Hugo (2011, Martin Scorsese), seen at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York
Possession (1981, Andrzej Zulawski), seen at Film Forum in New York
★ Organix (1993, The Roots)
Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995, The Roots)
★ 出塞曲 (1979, 蔡琴) [second listen]
★ Shen Wei Dance Arts, seen at Park Avenue Armory in New York