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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

    April 21  Went to the Manhattan School of Music’s production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”. It was presented in the very intimate John Jay college theatre since the MSM’s own theatres are being renovated. For us, this is the way we are going to the opera in the future! for $15 Senior seats we can sit in the first few rows and hear every word! The staging is as good as the Met’s or even better if the current minimalism is taken into account, the costumes are gorgeous pre-modernization creations and the singing, while maybe not as exalting as that of the Met roster, is young and enthusiastic and mainly satisfying to our old ears.

     

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“Age of Empires” at the met Museum

The Met Museum has mounted an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasties artifacts from 32 sources in China. It includes a few of the famous ‘Terracotta Army’ figures which Dorothy and I  admired in situ so many years ago. Viewing this (very comprehensive) exhibit, I was struck by the range of  expressions the ancient artisans  were able to portray in their human sculptures–many were quite hilarious. One would never believe  that the Han dynasty people of two thousand years ago would have a sense of humour? In contrast, their animal sculptures were mainly fierce and scary. Here are few pictures (taken without flash, of course) to illustrate the point:          Enlarge to full screen for the best detail.

Han dancer strutting her seduction routine . . . the severe and reproachful countenance was reserved for those men who did not appreciate her art.

 

Full frontal nudity was common 2,000 years ago and was taken quite seriously .  Headgear of some kind was, however, mandatory.

 

A mass of happy Han faces. Only the bull seems to be unamused.

 

This Han gentleman looks quite severe– perhaps his hat is not fitting as well as he had hoped? . . .

 

. . . . on the other hand, this air-borne enchantress with her offering bowl looks quite content with her lot.

 

Two Han comedians doing their sign-off routine.

 

Row of manikins . . .

 

Row of horses . . . .

 

. . . . . all equally content  .. . .

 

. . . as is this one . . . .

 

. . . this one is fierce and fiery though . . .

 

. . . perhaps because he is being set upon by this awesome lion ?

 

Unsuspecting herd of cows–unaware of its impending fate!

 

After an exhausting day in the galleries, nothing can beat a leisurely lunch in the museum’s café overlooking Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park!

 

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2 Responses

  1. I still haven’t gotten over you and Dave seeing the terracotta soldiers on exhibit in Montreal. I was so envious.

    • Amy. Thank you for reminding me. Dave and I were not just fishermen!–No. We crowded in as many adventures as we could in our trips to, and from Cochrane. Love, Ben

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