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Pina Returns to Brooklyn — Modern dance luminary Pina Bausch and her stalwart company of exceptional dancers, Tanztheater Wuppertal, made their New York debut in 1984 with the now-iconic double bill of Café Müller, a melancholic fever dream in which the dreamer, a sleepwalking woman, is trapped inside a congested, monochromatic restaurant, and The Rite of Spring, a voracious reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s original ballet, one that covers the stage in soil and sees its...
The History of a Boroughscape — Brooklyn’s architecture has been reactive to the seismic cultural and political shifts of the changing times, from the rapidly modernizing post-industrial landscape of the early-to-mid 20th century all the way to present day issues with gentrification affecting cultural visibility in an increasing number of neighborhoods. This history is profoundly expressed in the photography on display in BRIC’s new “Brooklyn Photographs” exhibition, a collection of works from eleven photographers...
Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever — Bertrand Bonello, coming off his hyper-stylish Yves Saint Laurent biopic, presents Nocturama (2016), a provocative, hauntingly elegant portrait of terrorism in contemporary Paris. A group of young multiracial subversives commit a series of frighteningly calculated terror attacks under no clear ideology, symbolized by their torching of a Joan of Arc statue. Class differences aside, they’re of the same generation and similarly disgruntled, although it’s ambiguous who or what...
Patti Cake$ should not feel fresh. Though it stars talented up-and-comer Danielle MacDonald, is a first-time feature from writer-director Geremy Jasper, and focuses on a title character with a bigger build not typically seen in mainstream crowd-pleasers, it pretty much is just that—a mainstream crowd-pleaser, albeit with some gritty New Jersey mise-en-scene. A lot of the movie’s story comes from the already-worn playbook of 8 Mile: Like that movie’s fictionalized version of Eminem, Patti is...

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