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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan kicked off Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival last week, celebrating 40 years of dance-making with a pastoral tribute to the people’s crop—rice, or Rice. This substantive crop of Taiwan, as well as the land in which it withers or thrives, are the central focus around which a soundscape of Hakka folk songs, drumming, Western Opera, and dancers filled the space, while a video of wind-in-the-field or smoke-in-the-field or sun-in-the-field played in the...
Maurice Sendak has passed away due to complications from a stroke, reports the New York Times. Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to the son of a dressmaker on June 10, 1928, Sendak would go on to create some of the most memorable and profound "children's" books of all time. These included Where the Wild Things Are (winner of the Caldecott Medal), Chicken Soup with Rice, In The Night Kitchen, and Brundibar, an adaptation of a...

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