For the 2016-2017 season of the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin played an energetic show at The New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. The program performed on March 24, “Of Frogs and Men,” consisted of Baroque music on the theme of nature. These pieces were played delightfully by fifteen players including violins, violas, oboes, a violoncello, a double bass, a bassoon, a lute, a harpsichord, and a recorder, all the while bringing to life the opulence of this style to the stage.
In its depiction of a crumbling utopia, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 classic “Brave New World” poses moral quandaries that remain relevant today. In their adaptation of the novel, the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company has found their own way to make connections between Huxley’s futuristic world and our present one.
Though it consists mainly of succinct anecdotes and interviews, this notebook’s poignant observations and musings are fascinating thanks to Didion’s eye for detail and the relevance of the topics she discusses to this troubling world we live in today.
Along with the freshness of its creative liberties, the Hyperion production’s powerful acting, cast and staging made it a thoroughly enjoyable show and a brilliant interpretation of the Bard’s classic.
Flashes of refugee camps in Syria; children covered in the ashes of bombs. Over the last few months, images like these revolving around the refugee crisis have been inundating televisions and newsfeeds. At a time like this, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s adaption of “The Trojan Women” might be more relevant than ever.