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Archive for October 22, 2015

Inside the Beautiful, Bizarre World of Butoh

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One of the most unique styles of dance today is undoubtedly butoh. I spoke with dancer and choreographer Ushio Amagatsu as he tours across North America with his company, Sanaki Juku. The New York Times called Sankai Juku, “One of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen.” Read our conversation to learn more about butoh, Amagatsu’s own personal style, and his latest work, UMUSUNA: Memories Before History.

10 Times Joshua Bell Tore It Up on the Violin

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Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell comes to the WFMT studios for a live concert and conversation Friday, October 23, at 12:00 PM CST. As we gear up to host one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time, we are looking back at 10 times he tore it up on the violin. Tell us your favorite recordings or performances in the comments, and don’t forget to tune in!

Natya Dance Brings the Ancient Art of Bharatanatyam to Modern Audiences

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Thousands of years before European ballet was born, Bharatanatyam flourished in India. Chicago’s most eminent Bharatanatyam guru is Hema Rajagopalan. To learn more about the fascinating tradition of Bharatanatyam, I spoke with Rajagopalan, observed her dancers in rehearsal, and took classes with Rajagopalan and her dancers.