The Times from San Mateo, California on May 21, 1977 · Page 48
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The Times from San Mateo, California · Page 48

San Mateo, California
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Saturday, May 21, 1977
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Poge 14A--THE TIMES--WEEKEND--Soturdoy, Moy 21, 1977 Indian Film Festival Pasqualetti Ballet Mundane By BLAKE A. SAMSON Fine Arts News Sen-ice It will be the temptation for some to simply dismiss "Dance and Dancers," John The San Francisco Ameri- Pasqualetti's new work for can Indian Center will spon- Pacific Ballet, as an idea sor the second American tnat never I" 116 J eUed and Indian Film Festival May leave !t at that. 25-28, at San Francisco's That would be unfortunate Palace of Fine Arts Theatre for the idea behind "Dance (Bay at LyonSts.). and Dancers" has m u c h merit. The challenge in any Twenty-five Indian films, reworking of It would be in both feature-length and docu- making the work more commentary, will be shown dur- pact without losing any of its ing six performances of the special feeling for the Inti- American Indian Film festi- "ate world of the ballet stu- val. dio. Kieth M«rriii« "t M .. The ballet transforms the stamTgEjfodiaS dai ' y gestures * Studio li£e Raymond Tracey will ooen ^ P CTf ° 1 : mance material: sounding like 99 per the festival 7:30 p m SK th f g ^"SK as , kdancers TMnure - intermixed «'·"'· '""J enter the studio, the warm- ups and casual practice Phil Kaufman's study of before cU . ss ' **. gossiping 25 Eskimo lifestyle, "White Dawn" will be featured May 26. snacking during breaks rnatic or theatrical to hold an audience's attention. The way is to move towards a tighter, more rapid-fire stylization than Pasqualetti uses. In "Dance and Dancers" the action moves up to preparations for a performance, gives a suggested performance of the "Dance of the Earth" from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," and takes us past that to the gradual coming down and let down after performance. Through It all, we hear a tape collage of Pasqualetti talking about dance (pre- s u m a b l y d u r i n g various interviews) -- much of it cent with various "inner voices" of the dancers themselves, a collage of street noises outside Much of the ballet is about mundane events and inspite N a t i v e f i l m s of the of a good supply of clowning National Film Board of Can- and tongue-in-cheek jokes ada will be featured in matt- such a subject presents a nee and evening showings problem: how to make the May 27. Canadian Indian mundane sufficiently dra- actor Johnny Yesno, featured in the movies in "Inbreaker" and "Cold Journey," will be a guest of the festival 7:30 p.m. Mav 27. A clip from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will be introduced by Producer Saul Zaeotz May 28. Zaentz in turn will Introduce special guest Will Sampson, who was f e a t u r e d as "Chief Bromden" in "Cuckoo's Nest." Robert Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" with Will Sampson and Paul Newman will conclude the program May 28. Original Show at SM Council "Oh Little Black Girl" is an original production by Claire Cullen Mack and will be presented at the City of San Mateo Council Chambers at 1950 O'Farrell. San Mateo on May 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. The program consists of a series of original poems, dance, music and multi media. It realistically depicts todays world with major emphasis on human relationships. The production s t a f f consuls of director Roy Casstevens, art work by Douglas Hurd and Michael Gonzales and music by Jim ThrelkeW. The cast members are Ronald Morris, Leslie Mack, Jacke Wallace, Debra Floyd, Barbara Squier, Claire Mack and Michael Tinsley. Ticket information is available at the Parks and Recreation Office at City Hall. Stanford Original By Blacks "Out of Shadows," an original Black Performing Arts production, will be performed May 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Stanford University. The production has been created by Stanford students in cooperation with Stanford's Committee on Black Performing Arts. The central concept of the production is that the shadows that have pervaded the Black American's experience are now clearing in the dawn of new hope. Choreography, created by director Mae Jemison, features jazz, modern, and African dances based on poems and songs. Schools To Pool Talent The annual Spring Concert of Notre Dame High School will be held May 24, at the school's auditorium 1540 Ralston Ave., Belmont. The 8 p.m. concert will feature popular, classical and Broadway show music. Performing will be the Notre Dame High choral group, led by Maria Gomez, and the Serra High School band, conducted by Phil Gray. Special production numbers that Include local elementary school students also will be part of the performance. the studio, and snatches of rehearsal music. The tapes are too spacey for me and the ballet too casual looking, even though a trained eye can tell that it's been meticulously planned. It still has an improvlsa- tional, sort of warehouse, look that's not very becoming or characteristic of the Pacific Ballet (unles they've undergone a great change, which I doubt.) One must also point out t h a t "The Dance of the Earth" segment is a direct imitation (conscious or not) of Glen Tetley's "Sacre du Prtmtemps" as danced by the American Ballet Theater here in March, but then Pasqualetti as San Francisco's grand assimilator always picks the best that comes to town to imitate. The failure of "Dance and Dancers" to hit the mark should not, however, dissuade audiences from trying the Pacific Ballet's Spring Season at the Marines Memorial Theater tonight and May 21 at 8:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday, 2:30 p.m. It has always been a handsome company. Ths season marks an attept to move from the fringe of the local dance scene into a more prominent spot (from a semiprofessional to a fully professional status) and they deserve that opportunity. I note that this summer they're moving to larger quarters and with their acceptance Into the National Endowment Dance Touring Program, they will be doing more regional ·tours. Th San Francisco dance scene progresses by leaps and bounds wherever one turns one's head. Friday o Saturday "NIGHT OF THE UYIN6 DEAD" "WHITE LINE FEVER" THflTR SAN CAOCOS 593-3131 J:JU / Sat. 7 8(9:45/Sun. 37:30/T N " 8 HAHGE TICKETS TO MASTER CHARGE R BANKAMER1CARD; CALLTOLL FREE(8001 241-8444. SAV TEL A-CHARGE 245 1 jukv f etf f crV hold I me! LITTLE FOX THEATRE 533 Pacific. Ssn Francisco 398-2707 ^^^S^^f^^^- j ^'-z'-i-^L'^^-r _^u Dinted Artnti NOW PLAYING "THE; OTHER- DAILY ^AUDRSTY A a:05 AHff e;oO OTHER 2: IS, u. W J AND IO:OOP.M. SANMWM1 SyZyK"*TM*** AND HOLS.) OAIN MATIN Y (EX. SUNDAY HOUS.l TIL CLIFF ROBERTSON IN OBSESSION MOM. THRU FRIDAY OPEN AT 6USP.M. SAT., SUN. OPEN AT 12:45, CALLTHEAT FOR SHOWTIME3 BARGAIN MATS. SAT. SUN. 1ST. MR. - Plus Cliff Robertson in "OBSESSION" TODAY/SUN. 'Awtrer' 4:00. 8:00, 'ObiBOon' 2:05, 6:05, 10:00 -- Plus -Cliff Robertson In "OBSESSION" Mon. thru Thurs Open at B:OOP.M Friday, Saturday and Sunday Open at 7:30P.M. A SAM PECKINPAH FILM SAM PECKINPAH FILM CROSS OF IRON JAMES COOURN MAXIMILIAN SCHELL JAMES MASON DAVID WARNER SENTA BERGER · ·. · . EH-.EM QOlD · .. WOLFCHARTNVIG - . · . JULIUS J EPSTEIN WALTER KELLEY · · JAMES HAMILTON ..,.., ALEX WINITSKY ARLENE SEUERS . . SAM PECKINPAH RRESTHICTED" .. : : ' ·.; - · . ;^f NOW SHOWING i l v a t 1:20, 3:30 [5:40, 7:50 10:00 Barg. 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