Pharrell Williams creates score for Jonah Bokaer’s dance work in Brisbane
Jonah Bokaer, the so-called mystery man of American dance, has packed a lot into a short life. At 18, the New York-based artist was the youngest dancer to join Merce Cunningham’s company; in his early 20s, he launched a stellar choreographic career with multimedia dance works that straddled the worlds of architecture, sculpture, theatre, digital animation, biomechanics, performance art, video and visual arts. ...
Haruhisa Handa talks opera and Shinto in rare interview
Shadowed by a towering, one-eyed Queen Nefertiti, and watched by an entourage of assistants, minders, and bemused Opera Australia director Lyndon Terracini, Haruhisa Handa, 64, leans forward, angles his jaw to the setting sun, tips his shaggy black head backwards and opens his mouth. Out, in a rich baritone, come the opening strains of Torna a Surriento, the doleful 1902 Neapolitan classic sung by everyone from Pavarotti to Meat Loaf: “vide’o mare quant’e bello / spira tantu sentimento…”