The Guthrie Theater hosted the 2017 New Griots Festival at its Dowling Stage for 10 days of inspiring performances and free community workshops.  The festival, a presentation by emerging black artists in the Twin Cities, is the brain child of Jamil Jude and Josh Wilder.  I photographed some of the workshops and rehearsals. It was deeply satisfying to watch the audience sizes growing as word got around that this was the place to be to see amazing talent with both breadth and depth.

Photos Copyright 2017 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved

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09. June 2017 · Comments Off on Merce Cunningham: Field Dances · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

Cunningham based his Field Dances on the movements of children he observed at a playground.  A group of volunteers are taught five interactive movements and are then joined by a corps of dancers to perform the piece.  Dancers are cued by the movements of other dancers and respond as instructed with one of the five moves. Each performance is unique.  At the Walker Art Center I photographed the workshop where the volunteers were taught the moves and then photographed the performance that happened in the galleries.

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25. January 2017 · Comments Off on Assignment: Kuleshov Effect · Categories: Photography · Tags:

I took a Multimedia Production class at McNally Smith College this fall.  Assignment # 4: “Utilize the Kuleshov Effect to create the following eight emotions:  hunger, disgust, grief, horror, pride, peace, rage, love.   You will make use of the media provided (4 video clips and 8 title cards).  You may use audio or music of your choice.  In addition to juxtaposing clips and enhancing the intended tonality with audio/music, you will utilize color grading, FX filters, and keyframe animations to further bolster the emotional experience.”  Here’s my first attempt at creating a video with Adobe Premier Pro!!!

12. January 2017 · Comments Off on Human Suffering for Profit · Categories: Politics, Random Thoughts · Tags: , ,

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

Source:  My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

Why I chose this piece:  Shane Bauer goes undercover to find out how the private prison industry is run. His courage and professionalism are first rate. This is journalism at its best.

Quick Summary:  Horrifying.  For example, since Corrections Corp of America has to pay prisoner medical bills, they prevent sick people from getting the care they need.  The lawsuits they settle are likely less expensive than medical care.  Anyone who labors under the delusion that for-profit American prisons are more progressive or humane than a medieval dungeon should have a read.

People who profit at the suffering of others are reprehensible. To find out which politicians accept contributions from Corrections Corp of American, see Follow the Money.  Politicians who take this money are unprincipled and have no business being elected to government offices.

Also read this report from UVM “Campaign Contributions from Corrections Corporation of America”

 

Visions of Sugarplums is a burlesque parody of our traditional Nutcracker ballet, joining the catalog that includes Mark Morris’ The Cracked Nut and Myron Johnson’s Nutcracker Not So Suite.  Sugarplums  is a hoot with lots of talent, great costumes and music.

In 2014 I photographed the dress rehearsal for the Sugarplum’s inaugural run at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.  This year I photographed the dress rehearsal and one of the performances for the 2016 show, this time running at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. In the following compilation of images you might notice how different lighting and textures are created in the two theaters.

All images Copyright Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved

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Belly Dance Costume

Model: Vie Boheme, Photo by Alice Gebura

Handcrafted dance costume by Shadia Costume Design of Boston

This is an exquisite work of art suitable for professional dancers and performing artists.  Truly, you get what you pay for and this costume is for dancers who are deeply serious about their art. Every detail is handcrafted with only the finest materials for beauty and durability by Shadia Costume Design of Boston.  Valued at $1,100, asking $949.

Style

Middle Eastern, Bellydance, Harem

Description

Gold lame base skirt,  overskirt, top,  belt, and wristbands constructed from fabric  purchased in India that features gold, silver and turquoise embroidery outlined with gold sequins.  Embellished with Swarovski crystals and beaded looping.  Sturdy construction.

Condition: new, never worn

Measurements

Under bust length of bra: 37 inches

Size of cups: 36C and has lots of padding

Skirts are A-line in shape and are meant to rest on the hips.

Overskirt has elastic band that is 31 inches unstretched, stretches to 48 inches, length of skirt from top to bottom of hem: 36 inches

Gold base skirt has double knit band that is 32 inches unstretched, stretches to 39 inches, length of skirt from top to bottom of hem: 36 inches

Belt length is 39 inches, snaps and hooks can be moved if needed

 

Price

$949

To purchase, please contact the owner Alice Gebura at 651-224-4539

 

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Detailing on belt, close-up of embroidered fabric

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Close-up of wrist bands. Model: Vie Boheme, Photo by Alice Gebura

14. November 2016 · Comments Off on Jonathan Katz on U.S. and Haiti · Categories: Politics, Random Thoughts

Someone said for a democracy to function, people need information.  I’ve decided to use this blog to curate informative, fair articles that can inform political discourse and action.

The Clintons Didn’t Screw Up Haiti Alone.  You Helped

Source: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/09/the_truth_about_the_clintons_and_haiti.html

Why I chose this piece: author Jonathan Katz was “Associated Press correspondent in Port-au-Prince from 2007 to 2011 and survived the earthquake in 2010, spent years digging into the details of the response and recovery”;  also author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Quick summary:

A host of international players along with players from the U.S. – the Bushes, Clintons, U.S. Military, State Dept. etc. –  used same old snake oil prescription to try to help Haiti recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, a prescription shared by republicans and democrats alike that’s based on “helping” people by “helping” big business.

“The vast majority of U.S. government contracts went to American firms; almost no cash ever went, or was intended to go, to Haitians or the Haitian government. The same is true for nearly all nongovernmental organizations and charities, including the American Red Cross.”

The resulting political fraud, corruption, and fund mismanagement has been a disaster for the people of Haiti, and hasn’t been much of a business success either. The larger picture is one of different power players haggling over the spoils.

Colorado

Our good friends Sam and Jillian hosted us at their home in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We went hiking and sight seeing and hit the brew pubs together.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Overlooking the Piedra River valley

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Piedra River

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Piedra Falls

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Sunset at the reservoir

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Treasure Falls

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Mesa Verde

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Overlook on the road to Mesa Verde

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Overlook on the road to Mesa Verde