M. M. ALAM
PARIS: Johnny Hallyday, the biggest rock star ever to live in the Hexagon, died today from cancer at the age of 74.
Commenting on his death, President of France Emmanuel Macron has said that Johnny Hallyday had across generations carved himself into the lives of French people.
President Jacques Chirac bestowed knighthood (Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur) upon him in 1977 him He was made a by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.
“He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots”, President Macron held. “Nous n’oublierons ni le nom, ni la gueule, ni la voix, ni surtout les interpretations”.
Hallyday, who was born Jean-Philippe Smet, sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films. Sadly he simply does not exist beyond the francophonie world.
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(VIDEO AND TEXT) NAPA Intl. Theatre Festival: Goethe Institut Pakistan features ‘Lighting’!
M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: German Cultural Centre (Goethe Institut) Pakistan featured Lighting at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)’s International Theatre and Music Festival.
Venue was Zia Mohyeddin Theatre where aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged to witness the dance piece in which choreographer used minimal setting facilitating spectators concentrate on the dancers’ ever-augmenting movements.
Choreographer Anna Konjetzky deciphered the idea behind Lighting routine:
Anna Konjetzky: It’s a dance piece that we created from the inspiration of protest of people. Getting together to protest in the street.
I think to get together is the main part of this. Since I can inflame somebody else and they will do the same to someone else. And bit by bit we become one big mass and so we move a lot with movement inspired with protesting.
When we started to work we mostly took the 3 elements … music, dance and light … as the 3 that will play together and in the movement and the music is really inspired concretely from protest movements.
From the music we have a lot of throwing, of standing, of thumping movements, of mass connecting movements I think the music (I cannot say exactly but 80%) is really taken from protest sounds and is then, through electronic addition is changed into other things but is really based in the form of protest.
Q: Why you opted to become a Choreographer of Contemporary Dance?
Anna Konjetzky: I’m German, based in Munich … I’ve worked 12 years as a choreographer for contemporary dance. I have had the chance (I must say) … to bring my work to a lot of places. This is the second time we’ve come to Pakistan. We’ve also been in Germany and Berlin, Palestine, Brazil, Algeria, Uganda, Vietnam. This piece was in the start a collaboration piece with the Vietnam National Ballet. So I have the chance to visit a lot of places with my work.
I grew up in an artist … intellectual family. But I think there is also more than one reason and I for myself don’t see any other chance to survive then doing arts … I hope that we will have more and more artists. I think it’s something that can very seriously go beyond borders at a time … where borders have become a very important and very stupid separation of nations and religions and the other stupidity that separates us.
Whereas, we have different opinions and practices and beliefs … I think art helps a lot to communicate and to find a dialogue.
Q: Audience has spotted Pakistani dancers too in the troupe?!
Anna Konjetzky: It’s true! What is nice this time is that we really collaborated with Pakistani artists and so I get a little bit more to meet. I get to see how their work goes and what their interests are. In general I’ll have to say it’s a very welcoming country. I’ve always been welcomed by Pakistanis in their houses like a family member.
I came to Karachi 10 days ago with 2 of the (Pakistani) dancers who were with me in Germany. We trained and studied the piece together. And then we were joined by 2 other dancers, the composer and the light designer. And then we worked together intensively for 10 days. After Karachi we will go to Islamabad and Lahore to perform.
Q: Pakistan is projected as a dangerous destination in the world?
Anna Konjetzky: It’s true. I find this quite sad…this is the stupidity of media agents that promote an image that suits them for economic reasons… I hope that I can bring back the knowledge (no matter how small) that the Pakistani people are very nice, very friendly and far from being terrorists.
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Grapevine Bollywood: Salman Khan pens a romantic song for Race 3!
MUMBAI: If the online reports are to be considered, B-town actor Salman Khan has reportedly penned a romantic number for his next titled Race 3, reported sources.
According to details, this is the first time when Sallu gives it a try to pen the lyrics. It has further been learnt that the team loves the lyrics absolutely and Vishal Mishra has set it to music.
Moreover, it would be picturised on Salman, whereas, director Remo D’Souza will choreograph it. In this context, a source quoted Producer Taurani as beaming: “It’s a lovely romantic track, exactly what we were looking for. This is the first time Salman’s name will appear in the credits as a lyricist.”
Cast of the movie, shot in Abu Dhabi and in its completing stage, includes the ensemble of Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah, and Saqib Saleem.
Helmed by Remo D’souza, the movie will be released on Eid-ul-Fitr 2018.
(VIDEO AND TEXT) Goethe Institut (Pakistan) features German artists at NAPA International Theatre Festival!
M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: From 15th till 31st March aficionados of performing arts will converge at the Zia Mohyeddin Theatre where dance, plays and music from Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Switzerland, UAE and USA will be featured during NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018.
Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) joins hands with German Cultural Centre Pakistan (Goethe Institut) as Media partner featuring dance performance Lighting on 16th March, Resurrection (a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival) on 19th March and Do Tone (art form reacting spontaneously to current circumstances and work) on 21st March.
The 17 days of Music, Dance and Drama:
15th March Dance Aahung O Baraftagy
(A dance performance by Naheed Siddique
accompanied by Nafees Ahmed on Sitar);
16th March Dance Lighting by Anna Konjesky (Germany);
17th March Music Madhuvanti ke Rung;
18th March Play Richard III (England);
19th March Dance Resurrection by Nora Amin (Egypt);
20th March Music Piano and Violin Concert (Czech Republic);
21st March Dance Do Tone (Germany, Switzerland, Pakistan);
22nd March Play Soch by Bazelah Mustafa;
23rd March Play Shehr e Afsos (Ajoka Theatre);
24th March Play Power of Narrative (Palestine, Pakistan);
25th March Music Traditional Music (Iran);
26th March Dastangoi;
27th March Play Manto Mera Dost (Tehrik e Niswan);
28th March Play Mian Biwi aur Wagha (U.A.E);
29th March Play Hunm Thay Jinn ke Saharay;
30th March Play Old House (Larkana);
31st March Music La Koi Naghma Koi Saut.
Lighting – a dance piece on 16th of March, at 8PM!
Resurrection, a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival on 19th March at 8 PM
Composition in Reality, an art form that reacts spontaneously to the current circumstances & works with them. On 21st March at 8PM