Archive for February, 2009

Dance Brigade presents The Great Liberation Upon Hearing

Posted in Culture on February 21, 2009 by skyeviewtraveler

February 27 – March 1, 2009
Dance Brigade presents
The Great Liberation Upon Hearing
a new work based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Friday, February 27, 8pm
Saturday, February 28, 8pm
Sunday, March 1, 2pm 6pm
– Healing Circle w/ Vicki Noble, Linda Tillery, and Carolyn Brandy following the performance
Sunday, March 1, 2pm 6pm
– (show benefits Quan Yin Healing & Arts Center)

The Great Liberation Upon Hearing
Once again the Dance Brigade takes us on an incredible journey presenting a new work, The Great Liberation Upon Hearing, a multi-media dance drama based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Working closely with critically acclaimed choreographer Sara Shelton Mann, Artistic Director Krissy Keefer creates a moving and compelling piece of theater engaging the audience emotionally and intellectually capturing the density and profound meaning of the enlightened manuscript. A translucent visual component depicts luminous images transforming the tangible and revealing the intangible. In these dark and trying times the passage to hope is in our rebirth and what better way to convey this than through this amazing multi dimensional work infused with genuine community spirit. A show not to be missed!!

Script, Libretto, & Direction: Krissy Keefer
Choreographic Direction: Sara Shelton Mann
Taiko Composition: Bruce Ghent
Video Design: Joe Williams
Lighting & Set: Matthew De Gumbia
Film: Ellen Bruno
Musical Director: Floor Van Herreweghe
Collaborating Dancers and Musicians: Ramon Ramos Alayo, Tina Banchero, Elaine Buckholtz, Sarah Bush, Richelle Donigan, Karen Elliot, Lena Gatchalian, Krissy Keefer, Kira Maria Kirsch, Jose Navarrete, Folawole Oyinlola, Rajendra Serber, and Sonya Smith

Ernesto Bazan / UC Berkeley

Posted in Culture on February 6, 2009 by skyeviewtraveler


I am a big fan of the UC Berkeley J-School photojournalism department. The department organizes excellent and compelling exhibits.

You are cordially invited to an opening reception and book signing followed by a public lecture with the photographer U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
February 20th


Ernesto Bazan has been photographing the changing lives of Cubans since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has been awarded many photographic prizes including among others; a grant from the Mother Jones Fund for International Photography(1995);two fellowships, one from the Alicia Patterson Foundation (1997) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2000); the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize (1997); the W. Eugene Smith grant (1998); and a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (2000).

Reception and Book Signing 6:00-7:00 J-school Library
Public Lecture 7:00-8:30 Room 105
U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
(corner of Hearst & Euclid)


A Master Workshop with Ernesto Bazan
February 21st & 22nd early enrollment suggested
Organized by Fotovision

This will be a very intense workshop where we will explore the many aspects of bringing a group of coherent and consistent photographs together. We will learn more about the photographer’s approach, his or her framing, his or her intentions, his or her ability to discern from the flow of life in the attempt, often vain, to extract its essence. We will critically analyze several important photographic books pointing out what makes them special and also underscoring the causes of the lowering of tension within the book created by many factors among which the inclusion of less powerful images, the wrong pairing of images and bad graphic choices.