Posted by: trailerpilot | 02:26::2012

Linkage | February 20–25, 2012

Haymarket Opera Orphee photo Wendy Benner

Haymarket Opera Company performs “La Descente D’Orphée aux Enfers” in a dress rehearsal at Mayne Stage. Photo by Wendy Benner Photography.

The week of January 30 brought a bumper crop of good internet to my inbox. Here we are again; looks like “Linkage” could become a semi-regular thing. (Decidedly, passionately for or against the idea? Let me know in the comments.)

Select Internet I Emailed to Myself Between February 20 and February 25, 2012

Via @Chi_Humanities, I read John von Rhein’s Tribune review of Haymarket Opera Company’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers. I saw the production on February 24 and can confirm it was très charmant indeed. Here’s my interview with Carlos Fittante, who created and performed its Baroque-dance prelude.

Chicagoans have known and loved the work of Darrell Jones for a while. Claudia La Rocco caught his Hoo-Ha on Thursday at Danspace Project’s “Parallels” and asked, “Where have you been all my life?” Here’s my review of the piece from last fall’s Other Dance Festival.

“Look anywhere you want” for evidence of class warfare, wrote Gerald Caplan in Friday’s Globe and Mail (via @NaomiAKlein).

@finalgirl, a.k.a. Lauren Sharpe, erstwhile Chicago Neo-Futurist and a classmate of mine in ballet school, rightly tweeted a simple “Snap.” ahead of Gail Collins’s recent column “Republican Truth or Dare.”

News you can use: Ten free mp3 downloads from Flavorwire.

@DixonGaines made me chuckle on Saturday morning.

In case you haven’t noticed how quickly the ballet world is changing these days, gander Daniil Simkin’s post on Dance/USA’s e-Journal on self-branding, Louis XIV and culturpreneurism. (Yes, I’m aware that “gander” is not a verb. But it should be. Via @DanceUSAorg.)

Via @bellafigural, a.k.a. Laura Capelle, comes this blog post in which Dutch National Ballet managing director Stijn Schoonderwoerd asks pointed questions of daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. An excerpt: “The dance critics…want to write, but they don’t get the space from their bosses. So from their perspective, it’s understandable that they think we’re stupid to have planned Present/s in the same period as the Holland Dance Festival. ‘Can’t you plan around each other in the future?’ On due consideration, of course, that’s nonsense. As if the Volkskrant asks the prime minister to postpone his press conference just because there’s so much news about the goings-on in the PvdA party. And in future couldn’t the NS rail company wait a bit with their icicles in the points until the news about the Elfstedentocht has died down a bit?” Snap.

News from home, courtesy of my mom: Boulder, Colorado wind gusts toss teenagers into the street.

Via @AuditoriumChgo, a decent quick-and-dirty primer on Gaga that previewed Batsheva Dance Company’s San Francisco performances of MAX. Batsheva plays Chicago March 17 and 18.

Bruijl & van de Staaij, publishers of BUTT, announced on February 22 a new limited-run biannual magazine called Pizza.

Check out the beautiful poster designs inspired by David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choicevia @Lumelabs. With all the great graphic design and printmaking talent in Chicago, it’s absurdly rare that a local dance company’s print promo is even fleetingly interesting. Let’s work on that, eh?

I’m honored to have my footage be a part of the One Day on Earth Project, a crowdsourced portrait of Earth as it was on November 11, 2011, screening worldwide on April 22. The film’s trailer went up on February 21. Watch it.

I’ll die eternally grateful to @superanne for making me aware of Killdozer’s cover of “Nasty” by Janet Jackson.

Interviews of interest: Chris Ziegler’s Verge Q&A with Marty Cooper, “the father of the cell phone,” and “the big, uncut interview” David Foster Wallace gave to German TV station ZDF in 2003 (via @openculture).

I published two big Q&As myself this week, both of which include bold and/or entertaining responses, if I do say so myself. Here’s Hal Sparks on a broad range of topics for Time Out Chicago Kids, and Al Paldrok of NON GRATA on keeping art real for Unscripted.

Kickstarters of note: DoubleDJ is raising funds for a video by Dan Paz that will “dramatize the story” of the awesome dance trio’s formation, and Dance Films Kino is raising funds for its massive run of programming March 4–25 at Hyde Park Art Center.

Inbox: zero.



  1. I like seeing posts on Trailerpilot. I miss them when it is so quiet. So I vote yes on linkages. And yes, gander is a verb!

  2. I also vote yes on linkages:)
    Love your coverage.

  3. […] yes votes to continue, with no one dissenting, on my last Linkage post. Looks like this will be a thing, at least for as long as I can keep it a […]

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