The reinvention of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat’s thrilling new movie, in which a modern, minimalist, post-punk approach strips away the rigid, over-the-top grandiosity so often associated with opera. Concentrating on director Jean-François Sivadier’s working relationship with Dessay, the film reveals how two great creative minds build the story of a doomed love affair. The stars rehearse in what look like yoga outfits, on a bare stage, with minimal props. The final production, set against a backdrop of sky and clouds punctuated by a single chandelier, features Violetta and Alfredo (a darkly entrancing Charles Castronovo) as the startling essence of hipster-chic. Their passion, however, is for the ages. Featuring music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée, filmmaker Philippe Béziat used his unprecedented access for over two months, in rehearsal rooms and behind the scenes of the Thea! de I'Archeveche, to follow this now-legendary production's development, from concept to glorious realization. In French, Italian and English with English subtitles. (112 min.)
“Electrifying! A perfect marriage of theater and music.” -Ronnie Scheib, Variety
There's a bit of genius in all of us! There's plenty going on in our studio this summer for artists of all ages. Instructors: Bryon Nemela & Soh Suzuki
Recommended: For Adults and Children ages 5 and older with an adult. Children 5 - 8 must be accompanied by an adult. *Note: Studio fees are on a per person basis and are applicable to adults and children attending the class.
DFT presents: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
(USA/2013-directed by Grace Lee) Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman living in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the civil rights and labor movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and future. The film plunges us into Boggs's lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century. Directed by Grace Lee (The Grace Lee Project), American Revolutionary incorporates a rich archival trove from the 1920s to the present, and visual effects to reinforce Boggs's statement that history "is the story of the past as well as the future. Grace Lee Boggs will be present to discuss the film with her audience and celebrate her 98th birthday. (82 min.)
Beginning in 1964 with the groundbreaking British TV documentary Seven Up, and continuing subsequently every seven years, The Up Series has offered visible proof of the maxim: “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has been back to talk to as many of them as have been willing, examining the progression of their lives, which now finds them at age 56. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the ever-surprising, gripping story of Neil, The Up Series has remained, according to critic Roger Ebert, “on my list of the ten greatest films of all time. An inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.” (144 min.)
“Awe-inducing. A study unique to the medium of moving images – and a documentary masterpiece.” -Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Leave Your Sleep: Music and Poetry with Natalie Merchant
Musician Natalie Merchant with members of the DSO present an intimate 50-minute concert workshop for children exploring the music, poetry and artwork from Merchant's recent picture book, Leave Your Sleep and the album that inspired it.
The fascinating and darkly sensual new drama Augustine is based on the true story of the unusual relationship that developed between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist and mentor to Sigmund Freud, and his “star” teenage patient. In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine (27 year-old French recording artist Soko in a breakout performance) suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed. Shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of “hysteria,” Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) after she has a second attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. As Augustine displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls under Charcot’s direction, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred. Chronicling one woman’s sexual awakening against the backdrop of Victorian psychology and repression, director Alice Winocour’s feature debut also stars Chiara Mastroianni. Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals; 2013 César Nominee, Best First Feature. In French with English subtitles. (102 min.)
“An absorbingly sensuous period drama from an exciting new writing/directing talent.” -Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Session I Camp: July 15-19, 2013 (9 a.m.-Noon each day) Class A: Ages (5-8) - "Camp Art n Action" Class B: Ages (9-12) - "Camp Art n Exploration"
Session II Camp: July 29 - August 2, 2013 (9 a.m.-Noon each day) Class C: Ages (5-8) - "Camp Art n Action" Class D: Ages (9-12) - "Camp Art n Exploration"
REGISTER FOR CAMP Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Credit card will be charged at time of registration. Space is limited, so register early. Camp reservations are held at the door.
*Note: Camp fees are on a per person basis.
Cancellation policy: Refunds for Session I will be processed up to July 2. Refunds for Session II will be processed up to July 16. Please note once camp begins, we cannot process refunds or deductions if students are absent.
Meet Me at the DIA: a program for people with early stage dementia and their caregivers. 10:30AM - 12:00 PM FREE with Registration
TEACHER WORKSHOP Higher Thinking Skills: The Visual Thinking Strategies Two separate 3-day courses will be offered: Tuesday, July 30 through Thursday, August 1, 2013 Tuesday, August 13 through Thursday, August 15, 2013
Class Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Detroit Institute of Arts – Webber Education Wing.
Returning home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US, Pedro (Pedro de los Santos) finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined, though his wife is ecstatic to have him back. Having saved some of his earnings, he hopes to now finally make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band. Work, however, remains scarce, and the temptation of returning north of the border – a place of hope that’s always in his mind – remains as strong as ever. Using a cast of non-professionals, first-time director Antonio Mendez Esparza has, created a fresh, authentic, eloquently understated portrait of lives in a constant state of uncertainty, and the toll that it takes on one family. The film’s richness of natural detail and delicately nuanced characterizations are reminiscent of the magic of Italy’s neo-realist period, allowing each small, expressive moment to soar beyond cliché or easy stereotype. Main Slate Selection, 2012 New York Film Festival; Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week. In Spanish with English subtitles. (110 min.)
“As simple, straightforward and elegant as its title.” -Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice