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February 2012

Dreams of Nature

de Zaaier by Van Gogh

Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky. The curators and  makers of the most inspirational exhibition on symbolist landscapes have assembled 71 grand paintings by 52 artists from 16 different nations into a stylised 2-floor exhibition. Opening today at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition is a treat for all art lovers- known or [...]

The Artist

Jean Dujardin and his dog in 'the Artist'

is a 2011 French romantic drama film directed by Michel Hazanavicius and was shot entirely in black and white.The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress. Making a silent movie feature film close to a 100 years [...]

Evolution & Corpus Acrobatics

corpus acrobatics

We had best seats for this most promising performance and I went in to see the show without any observations or detailed information on the act and the dancers and performers beforehand. We live in a time where the circus and theatre are having a hard time. We can understand the declination in its significance [...]

Shame through the eyes of Mc Queen

Michael-Fassbender-in-Shame

This year already highly debated and to some critics overrated new feature ‘Shame’ directed by Steve Mc Queen does in several ways stand out as a cinematographic exercise but honestly also disappoints in other ways. This can easily explain the controversy around a film in which the protagonists who are mentally and physically suffering while [...]

Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki

Marcel Marx (André Wilms) and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel)

If you have never seen a film by Aki Kaurismäki , the current Finish master of cinema, you should not stagger to go see this one. ”Le Havre” blends in so many facets of true cinema and storytelling that it should be considered already a classic shortly after its release in late 2011. In a [...]

The Power of the Dove

healing ritual

Written by Ton van der Lee The sun is setting over the Kalahari desert. It’s been a hot day. I am in a remote settlement in northern Botswana. Tsitano, a traditional healer of the San people (formerly known as Bushmen, the oldest people on earth) is preparing himself for the night. He is going to [...]

ECFA AWARD 2012

ON THE SLY: 1. Clever or cunning, especially in the practice of deceit. 2. Stealthy or surreptitious: took a sly look at the letter on the table. 3. Playfully mischievous: a sly laugh. Idiom:   In a way intended to escape notice: took extra payments on the sly. In 2011 ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) [...]

Chasin’ the Trane

john coltrane

In the late fifties and early sixties it seemed that virtually every jazz musician was awed by the creative endeavors of tenor and soprano saxophonist John Coltrane. Likewise, many music lovers were attracted to his musical mastery and far-reaching improvisational explorations. The earlier Coltrane work might have gone almost unnoticed but when he formed his [...]

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