Reinventing Ninfa: Il Giardino di Ninfa, Part 2

The 17th century saw the death of ancient Ninfa, once sacred to water nymphs. Has she returned to those roots? Earlier this week, we spoke of the tumultuous history of the Italian city of Ninfa. You can read that post here. She began as an agricultural community crowned by a temple dedicated to water nymphs and grew into … Continue reading Reinventing Ninfa: Il Giardino di Ninfa, Part 2

Birds in Human Form: Lemi Ponifasio’s Birds with Skymirrors

Birds with Skymirrors is a provocative and beautiful dance work choreographed by Lemi Ponifasio, one of New Zealand's most famous artists. It was inspired by a walk on the beach on the Pacific island of Tarawa, during which Ponifasio observed seabirds flying with pieces of plastic hanging from their beaks. The dancers embody the movements of … Continue reading Birds in Human Form: Lemi Ponifasio’s Birds with Skymirrors

For the Wanderers: Aves Errantes by La Mano Ajena

La Mano Ajena, Alien Hand, is a Chilean band comprised of Rodrigo Latorre, saxophone, guitar, flute, keyboard and theremin; María Fernanda Carrasco, vocals, keyboard, melodica and percussion; Danka Villanueva, violin and marimba; Gabriel Moyla, accordion and saxophone; Jair Moreno, clarinet; Álvaro Sáez, drums, darbuka and djembe; and Cristian Aqueveque, bass, all of whom began their … Continue reading For the Wanderers: Aves Errantes by La Mano Ajena