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February 8, 2014

Vengeance is Hers

Lizzie Feidelson

Callas's Medea

A diva approaches her entire career like a woman spurned.

Critics were surprised at the subtlety of Callas’ camera acting, but they shouldn’t have been. Callas experienced her darkest rages in private. Her secretary describes a late-night call from Onassis that sent Callas into hysterics on the eve of the first day of filming. The staff tried to console her, but when it got late, they made to leave Callas in privacy. “You’re going to abandon me now? You’re just like him! None of you care!” She reportedly yelled.

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Art for Issue 16
The Merce Cunningham Archives

Issue 16

Lizzie Feidelson

The Merce Cunningham Archives

The dancer or the dance?

Cunningham’s own notes on choreography often look like cave paintings. Stick figures march unevenly across the page, followed by diagrams and phrases, some barely legible, scribbled beside leaning columns of numbers. They communicate the inspired tremor of the hand more than they convey information.

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