Category Archives: Performing Art

There is Nothing Finer Than the Chimes of the Clinaman

[Featured – Clinamen (2013) MDF floor, PVC liner, water pump, heating device, porcelain bowls, water]. Paula Cooper Gallery New York and Galerie Xippas, Paris. This installation is generously supported at the NGV by the Loti and Victor Smorgon Fund. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot … Continue reading

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Rucker’s Musical Ruckus

[Two-manual harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp (ca 1628) inscribed Joannes Ruckers] The Ruckers family were harpsichord and virginal makers from Antwerp in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Their influence stretched well into the 18th C and to the harpsichord revival … Continue reading

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Did Benois’ Part Create a Surge in Diagalev’s Balletic Art?

The above portraiture is of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) illustrated by Alexandre Benois over a proscenium arch from which the showman from Petruschka draws the curtains to reveal a scene from Le Pavillion d’Armide, with Petruschka hiding in the corner. Russian … Continue reading

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Jane Avril | She Was Paris by Night

Parisian born French can-can dancer, singer and actress Jane Avril was born Jeanne Beaudon in Belleville, on 9th June 1868.  Her mother was a courtesan and her absent father, was an Italian aristocrat. Abused as a child, she ran away … Continue reading

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The Divine Sarah: The most famous actress the world has ever known

Portrait of French stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt in her role as the Queen in Victor Hugo’s “Ruy Blas”  (1879), by artist  George Clairin (1843-1919).  Over her full and fascinating career, Sarah’s close friends included several artists, such … Continue reading

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From East to West – I’ve Goatcher Covered

Philip W. Goatcher was born on the 23rd November 1851, in London; the son of a scene painter. He left school in his early teens to work as a law clerk at Lincoln’s Inn. In his spare time he would visit … Continue reading

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