Julie Taymor on the Stage Magic of The Lion King, the Real Shock of M. Butterfly & More

first_imgClive Owen and Jin Ha in M. Butterfly (Photo by Matthew Murphy) Julie Taymor and Paul Wontorek (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser) It’s no secret that Tony-winning director Julie Taymor is a visionary icon. The talented creator is having a major moment: The Lion King, Broadway’s box office bursting king of the jungle that earned her two Tony Awards in 1998, celebrated its 20th anniversary on the Great White Way on November 13. She is at the helm of a resplendent revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, currently playing at the Cort Theatre. Taymor shows no signs of stopping her creative streak. Hear all about her days as a traveler full of wanderlust before hitting it big in show business, why she’s beyond ready to bring Across the Universe to Broadway and more on this week’s Show People with Paul Wontorek. The Lion King ON BRINGING M. BUTTERFLY BACK TO THE BOARDS“Since David Henry Hwang wrote the play, all of this information about the true story came out after the original production. In the original script, it’s a huge secret: that this is what appears to be a Chinese diva, female opera singer, who at the end turns out to be a guy. That’s what the original production was about more than anything. That doesn’t shock today. It doesn’t feel like that is the most important thing in their story. In the original story, it’s much more gender fluid, which felt so much more contemporary. Our shock is really about the love story. I find it equally if not more so shocking to see how these two people have to navigate being truly in love with each other in such an unusual situation, this kind of love that cannot be named.”ON THE ILLUSION OF SONG LILING“I saw M. Butterfly with my parents 30 years ago. We sat in the front of the mezzanine. I knew [the secret.] It wasn’t a big shock for me. And my mother knew but my father didn’t so we’re looking over and watching him discover the truth about this diva at the same time [the character of] Gallimard does. When you’re in the front mezzanine, the illusion can really work! We’ve had people at this M. Butterfly… I remember during previews, a film producer I know came up to me during intermission and said, ‘Oh, she’s glorious. Oh my God and that husky beautiful voice. Just transcendent!’ And that’s a tribute to Jin Ha.” Interview is edited and condensed for clarity. Julie Taymor on Show People with Paul Wontorek ON BEING “HAPPILY UNMARRIED”“[I’ve been with Elliot Goldenthal] for over 30 years. ‘Happily unmarried,’ as they say. He did the score to M. Butterfly with Puccini, so you’ve got Puccini, from Madame Butterfly, and then Elliot literally had to write Chinese opera. He’s done all my movies, most of my theater. I met him through work. We worked together for five years. It was…’What?! Who’s that?’ Our relationship working together is so vital and exciting and sexy because that’s how we fell in love. We’re creative soulmates.”ON GETTING ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TO THE GREAT WHITE WAY“As of last week, it was happening! If we went straight to Broadway, it could’ve happened 10 years ago, but we want to create it in a different kind of theater. I did have a good meeting last week. I’m not going to say with who because I don’t want to jinx it. That piece, like M. Butterfly, has the love story but is also extremely political. It’s about how young people must take responsibility. Get off their chairs and their couches and out of their iPads and iPhones and take charge. If you don’t like what’s happening to the world, you better change it. It doesn’t matter that it’s set in the Vietnam War. It’s about young people for all time, across the universe and these songs transcend time. I’ve wanted it for so many years. Hopefully in the next two years, we finally get to see Across the Universe onstage.” ON RETEAMING WITH DISNEY”We started to work on Pinocchio years ago which I still would be interested in but there was a difference of opinion as they say for how close it should be to the Disney movie version or how could it should be to the [Carlo] Collodi original book. I probably wanted to go more toward the Collodi [route] so we never really continued on that one. But there are other [Disney properties] that I think would be fun to do.”ON HER WORLDY CHILDHOOD“In those days, nobody had fear. I was probably nine, 10, 11, and I would take the T from the suburbs into Boston, and what was fantastic about being a part of Boston Children’s Theatre is that the kids came from all over. In the suburbs, you’re with people who live in the suburbs. In Boston, I met kids of all different races. It was much more diverse. It really started my wanderlust, which is to take myself out of my own comfortable environment and put myself into the place that challenge me and meet people who are different from I am.” Learn more about Across the Universe’s Broadway status here, and watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below! Here are some must-read highlights:ON STORYTELLING FOR THE STAGE IN THE LION KING“[When I started work on The Lion King], I thought, ‘I’m going do what I know is the origin of theater.’ [The iconic sun is] just fabric and bamboo. When it gets pulled up and rises, the audiences sees the mechanics of it. They are going to be moved in a very poetic, spiritual way because of its obviousness. Now, people would think it would be the reverse. They would think that if you show the magic, it would lose its depth, but it isn’t that way because everything about playing and creating theater from the beginning of time is about the suspension of disbelief. I think that’s the soul of the show on a visual level. I think that’s the beauty of the work. I guess I’m remembering the simplicity of why theater works is always important. I don’t ever use techniques unless I feel like it’s absolutely essential to the story telling.”ON LOSING HER FATHER”My father never got to see The Lion King. He went into the hospital the day it opened. It was the best of times, the worst of times. And I didn’t know until my mother sat down and there was an empty seat. Tsidii Le Loka started to sing and I said, ‘Where is he?’ And she said, ‘Don’t worry.’ He never got out of the hospital. He died that year.” View Commentslast_img read more

Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice

first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img More people may be diagnosed due to a broader definition of autism and better efforts in diagnosis, but a true increase in the disorder cannot be ruled out, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Lifestyle change is one potential factor out of many possible causes of autism.‘One thing that’s driving a lot of general physiological changes in people is changes in the diet,’ says the study’s corresponding author Pamela Maher, a senior staff scientist in the laboratory of professor David Schubert at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.In the new study, the Salk scientists used a mouse model of autism — an inbred strain of mouse previously found to display autism-like symptoms — to ask whether lowering the level of dicarbonyl methylglyoxal (a common byproduct of sugar metabolism) could alleviate symptoms of autism in the animals.The scientists fed pregnant mice either the high or low glycemic index diet and kept their offspring on the same diet after birth and weaning, because their brains are still forming crucial connections.The researchers then used a battery of behavioral and biochemical tests to study the mice after weaning. The two groups of animals consumed the same number of calories and were identical in weight. But mice that ate a high-glycemic index diet showed all of the expected behavioral symptoms of autism. Their social interactions were impaired, they repeated actions that served no apparent purpose, and they groomed extensively.The mouse models of autism on a normal lab diet (with a medium glycemic index) are already known to generate fewer new neurons, and some of their existing cells and neuronal connections are abnormal compared with those of normal mice.Intriguingly, in the new study, the brains of mice modeling autism that were fed the high-glycemic index diet had drastically less doublecortin, a protein indicator of newly developing neurons, compared to predisposed mice on the low-glycemic index diet. The deficiency was especially obvious in a part of the brain that controls memory.In addition, the brains of the high-glycemic index diet mice appeared to have greater numbers of activated microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain. Their brains also expressed more genes associated with inflammation, compared to the mice fed the low-glycemic index diet.Other studies of human mothers and their children with autism have implicated the activation of the immune system. For the most part, these studies have focused on infection, which causes a bout of inflammation — as opposed to a high-glycemic index diet, which causes chronic, low-level inflammation, Maher says.The new study found that the diet might directly influence the ecosystem of bacteria in the gut. More complex starches are broken down by bacteria that live in the lower part of the gut, the large intestine. The group saw some evidence of that in the blood, detecting metabolites that could only have come from the gut in larger amounts in the animals fed the high-glycemic index diet.‘We were really surprised when we found molecules in the blood that others had reported could only be generated by gut bacteria,’ Maher says. ‘There were big differences in some of these compounds between the two diets.’The group plans to analyze the gut bacteria, and its potential link with features of autism, more directly. They also hope to better understand the role of inflammation in the ability to generate new neurons.Lastly, they plan to vary the timing of exposure to the various diets in the mouse model of autism, by, for example, giving pregnant mice a high-glycemic index diet and then keeping their pups on a normal diet. Bread, cereal and other sugary processed foods cause rapid spikes and subsequent crashes in blood sugar. In contrast, diets made up of vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthier, in part because they take longer to digest and keep us more even-keeled.New research in a mouse model of autism showed that such low glycemic index diets, similar to the plans that people with diabetes follow to keep their blood sugar in check, reduced symptoms of the disorder in mice. Although preliminary and not yet tested in humans, the findings, published June 9 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, might offer clues to understanding one potential cause of autism.The number of people diagnosed with autism — a spectrum of disorders characterized by social avoidance, repetitive behaviors and difficulty communicating — has risen dramatically over the past two decades for reasons that are unclear. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Ocean 7 Projects names Poulsen

first_imgThe Denmark-based shipping line says the appointment is part of a plan to further strengthen its global presence and “respond to increased activity and high demand for services from Asia and in the intra-Asia trades”.Poulsen Shipping Asia is an affiliate of Korsoer, Denmark-based shipping group, J. Poulsen Shipping, whilst Ocean7 Projects controls a fleet of 20 multipurpose heavy lift ships.  www.ocean7projects.com www.jpship.dklast_img

Trinidad and Tobago’s Lord Relator to Perform at Fundraiser in Miami

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Celebrated TNT calypsonian Willard Harris, popular known in Caribbean entertainment circles as Lord Relator, will be the featured cultural performer at the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards to be held on December 14 in Miami.The 1980 National Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago, who was nicknamed “the local Sammy Davis Jr.,” is also an accomplished guitarist and plays numerous stringed instruments from the cuatro to the double bass.Lord Relator is known for his mastery of the art of extempo, a musical subgenre of calypso where artistes showcase impromptu lyricism and composition skills.Relator, who has been featured with international performers such as Billy Ocean, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Cliff and Ace Cannon, devotes much of his time to children, making unpaid guest appearances at schools, and preparing youngsters for national and regional competitions. He is also known for his support of charities and fundraising efforts.This year’s CMEx honorees include leading Caribbean journalist and entrepreneur Janet Silvera; veteran airline executive Christine Kennedy of Delta Air Lines; Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen; Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands; Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; and attorney and philanthropist Marlon Hill.“Lord Relator represents the true cultural genius of the Caribbean and we are honored to have him share his talents with us as we rally for a good cause,” said CMEx President Bevan Springer, who explained the awards fundraiser will support the educational efforts of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Educational Foundation and the Errol and Nita Barrow Educational Trust.The event will help support Bahamian scholars who have been impacted by the devastating Category 5 storm, which lashed The Abacos and Grand Bahama in September.The 2019 CMEx Leadership Awards is supported by Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA), Island Syndicate, Marketplace Excellence, Tropical Attractions, Inc., and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.last_img read more

Mahaut MP donates outboard motors to 2 constituents

first_imgLocalNews Mahaut MP donates outboard motors to 2 constituents by: Dominica Vibes News – June 22, 2015 Share Share Share Two fishermen of the Mahaut Constituency have received two outboard motors to assist them earn a living compliments of their Parliamentary Representative, Rayburn Blackmoore.Mark Marcellin of Massacre and Leon Alexander of Mahaut were presented with the motors on Thursday 18 June 2015 during a short ceremony at the Mahaut Market. In presenting the motors, Mr Blackmoore informed that they were purchased at Auto Trade at a cost “over eight thousand dollars each” through the Ministry of Constituency Empowerment.Mr Blackmoore said he believes in helping people to contribute towards mainstream society and that “people themselves must help themselves”.In that regard, the recipients of the outboard motors will be required to sign a contract with the St Paul’s Fisherfolk Cooperative “to create what you call a revolving fund so that they can identify persons within the fishing community who can be assisted”.Mark Marcellin and Leon Alexander will therefore be required to make a monthly contribution of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150) for about two years to the St Paul’s Fisherfolk Cooperative.“I am going to set up a contract with certain conditions during that two-year period of time, you cannot sell, you cannot lend, you cannot credit anybody and if you default, the Cooperative will have the authority to repossess that outboard motor. I hope you appreciate that,” Mr Blackmoore indicated.Mr Blackmoore advised the fishermen that the motors are for fishing fish and not to engage in any illegal activity.“Let me say to you again, to fish for fish, not for people, not traffic human beings and to traffic drugs. In life, people do not like to hear the truth but I want to die speaking the truth and speaking my mind. So you are fishermen and not fisher of man or of men,” Mr Blackmoore warned. Nathalie Sampson of Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, who received a fourteen thousand dollars cheque from Mr Blackmoore at that ceremony, requested that the contract for the fishermen include monthly fish donation to the Home.“I also want him to put one line or one paragraph in that contract that at least twenty pounds of fish is donated to the Mahaut Senior Citizens Home on a monthly basis,” Mrs Sampson said. She said this is essential because it is not easy to provide for the elderly citizens as most of the residents are not in a position to make a financial contribution to the home.“So most of the expenses for the home have to come from our pockets and we do it with great joy because as children of God, we know whatever we give in one hand we will receive hundred fold,” Mrs Sampson stated.center_img 84 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Cardinia united in lockdown

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke and Romy Stephens The entire Cardinia Shire has been plunged back into a six-week lockdown targeting metropolitan Melbourne’s rapid Covid crisis – despite…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

first_imgCoaches Garry Meadows and Russ Holitzki organized the event.Meadows and Holitzki have spearheaded the Junior league this season, coaching 20 young curlers to master increasingly difficult skills as part of the Curl BC Skills Awards Challenge.Several curlers have achieved their Red (Novice) and Blue (Junior) awards this season. They will continue to work toward the intermediate Bronze and Silver awards and the advanced Gold award when curling starts up again in October.The Junior league is open to novice and experienced curlers aged 10 and up, and is hoping to attract new members in the fall.“A couple more teams would be great,” said Meadows. “Then we could get some fun competitions happening in the league.”The Nelson Curling Centre also offers a Little Rockers program for younger kids.The Nelson Curling Centre is very grateful to all the local businesses who supported the Junior Bonspiel by donating prizes and food, and to the volunteers who helped out behind the scenes. The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.In the Intermediate division, top honors for the day went to the Watt rink from Castlegar, with Rossland’s Watson rink and Trail’s Sergis rink finishing second and third in the division, respectively.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Trafalgar Thunder Volleyball

first_imgThe Trafalgar Thunder recently completed a very successful season at the net as both girls’ and boys’ teams captured their respective West Kootenay Championships.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Thunder squads with Team of the week honours.The teams include, Coach Staci Proctor and parent assistant Riordan Bellman and players Alex Gotzy, Ollie Gyr, Carter Janssen, Eden Bellman, Addison Mowery, Lily Bennet, Gia Davidson, Atlyn Proctor, Megan Bonikowsky, Nevaeh Marcum- McCormick, Stephen Vissers, Tanner Jackson, Ryder Collins, Larson Proctor, Jack Boyes, Logan Wright, Shelbi Van Hellemond, Ava Anast, Paityn Lake, Amelia Finley, Logan Martin, Neve Hamilton and Max Andrews.last_img

Cyril Farrell on the Galway hurling crisis

first_imgFormer 3 time All Ireland winning hurling manager Cyril Farrell spoke to Keith Finnegan on Galway Bay FM this morning about the current difficulties between the Galway hurlers and management and says he hopes discussions and perhaps a mediator can yield a solution… https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Cyril+Farrell.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Paul Conroy wins GAA/GPA Opel Player of the Month Award

first_imgPaul Conroy (Galway) and Austin Gleeson (Waterford) have been named the GAA/GPA Opel Players of the Month for June in football and hurling respectively. The players, both of whom were pivotal in leading their counties to provincial finals, saw off stiff competition to claim the accolades, awarded to them by the inter-county playing body. A man-of-the-match semi-final display against Clare from the talented Austin Gleeson helped secure a Munster final place for the Déise. The Mount Sion star produced an outstanding performance scoring six points as his side avenged their League final replay defeat to the same opposition. After a disappointing final, however, Waterford will be bidding to reignite their championship campaign against Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final on the 24th July.Commenting on the announcement, Dave Sheeran, Managing Director Opel Ireland said: “After a memorable month of displays by both Galway and Waterford, we are delighted to reward Paul and Austin with the Opel Player of the Month awards for June.  Both are particularly deserving of the accolade, having put in outstanding performances for their respective counties.  As proud partners of the GAA and GPA, we look forward to another exciting All-Ireland series and wish both players the very best of luck in the weeks ahead.”Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail continued: “Congratulations to Paul and Austin on being honoured with this award – an accolade made all the more significant by the fact that they have been chosen by their peers. They are deserving winners and both embody the spirit of what an Opel GAA GPA All-Star is about: which is to possess that something extra special capable of shaping the outcome of a game. We’ve enjoyed watching their individual flair light up their exploits for the Galway footballers and Waterford hurlers and look forward to seeing more of the same in their Championship battles ahead.” Paul Conroy delivered a commanding midfield performance against Mayo last month, a display recognised by his fellow players and one that helped deny Galway’s fiercest rivals the opportunity of a sixth successive Connacht SFC title. The Tribesmen will once again bid to claim the crown in Sunday’s final replay with Roscommon. Speaking about the Award winners, Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive of the GPA added: “Congratulations to Paul and Austin on their contributions to their respective counties’ successes last month. Both players were pivotal in those victories for Galway and Waterford and both will once again play vital roles in the provincial final and All-Ireland quarter-final challenges that lie ahead. Thanks to the players who selected the winners, to the nomination group who compiled the shortlist and to Opel for their continued support for the GAA/GPA All-Stars Awards scheme.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more