Category Archives: Dance

Sets by Picasso, costumes by Matisse: artists who designed for dance – in pictures

This year, Sadler’s Wells in London presents collaborations with sculptor Antony Gormley and the late painter Howard Hodgkin. Here are some classic examples of how art has mixed with dance

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Step Sisters review – hits and misses in Netflix's cultural appropriation comedy

A feelgood narrative sits somewhat awkwardly alongside a topical yet disappointingly tepid story of race on campus

Before it was even released, there was swift pushback to the Netflix acquisition Step Sisters. Despite a formidable production team behind it that includes Dear White People writer Chuck Hayward and Master of None’s Lena Waithe, the premise struck the Twitter commentariat as trite and conservative: Jamilah, a college senior hoping to gain admission to Harvard Law School, is asked by a professor to rehabilitate a group of disgraced white sorority sisters by teaching them how to step, a style of percussive dance that has its roots in African foot dancing and black sorority life. If she can pull it off, and impart upon them lessons of unity and sisterhood, the sorority will be readmitted to campus (they were punished because a sister was caught having sex on school grounds) and Jamilah will get a coveted recommendation letter to Harvard.

Related: Master of None’s Lena Waithe: ‘If you come from a poor background, TV becomes what you dream about’

Continue reading…
Source: gad

18 for ’18: the talent and trends tipped for the top in 2018

From girls with attitude on screen to new grime debuts, from Steve McQueen’s return to Tacita Dean’s London takeover, Observer writers on what to look forward to in the coming year

Something special is happening in UK publishing. After the success of The Good Immigrant (edited by Nikesh Shukla) and titles like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, there has been a renewed push to rectify the problems of an industry that has too long ignored narratives outside the white experience. Out of the thousands of titles published in 2016, a Bookseller study found that fewer than 100 books were published by non-white Brits.

Continue reading…
Source: gad