July 29, 2005FLAM CHEN visits Arcosanti for a 3 week period of practice and work on a short art film. FLAM CHEN visits Arcosanti for a 3 week period of practice and work on a short art film. At a Flam Chen show, you may be invited to witness a “Toybox” come to life with 10-foot dolls, battling toy-soldiers and manic puppet-makers. “Rites ov Spring” merges images inspired by bug life in Microcosmos and the bacchanal of Fellini’s Satyricon, all mingled with the choreographic influence of Martha Graham.At dusk, the roof of the Ceramics Apse, becomes the Empresses Court. [Photo: Adam Cooper & text: sa] Flam Chen propels itself above the audience on flying trapeze, ziplines, rappels and bungee, creating dazzling characters that hover, zoom or drop out of the sky. The audience is wrapped in visions ranging from futuristic and cyborg, commedia del arte and vaudevillian, to fantasy and fairy tale-esque. The troupe has, over the years, become a production company that fabricates costumes, props, machines, rigging, lighting, and sound— all in house. Technical Director Paul Weir: We have been fortunate to have a strong connection with the community at Arcosanti to be able to utilize the phenomenal locations and of course use of the famous Arcosanti Crane.In the very early morning hours the sky cooperated magnificently for this shoot of mermaids suspended from the Arcosanti crane. [Photos: Adam Cooper & text: sa] The Vaults are a perfect area for practice. Paul Weir graciously teaches stilt walking to Arcosanti children and residents. This has been an amazing and exciting visit, especially for the children.FLAM CHEN has performed at large raves, such as ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL in Hollywood, CA and NOCTURNAL WONDERLAND in Indio, CA; at arts festivals such as NYC FRINGE in New York, PA FRINGE in Philadelphia, TSUNAMI ARTS FESTIVAL in Prescott, Az, International Arts Festival of MACAU, China, GLITTER AND GLOW festival in Glendale, AZ; at numerous clubs and site-specific installations across the nation and overseas. FLAM CHEN has earned awards such as Tucson Weekly’s Best Performing Artist Award for the past three years, and a NY FRINGE Excellence Award for “Rites Ov Spring.” The troupe also has been raved about in The New York Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Tribune, and Details, among other publications. [Photos & text: sa]
News Corp has said it will rename its media arm 21st Century Fox following the split between the group’s publishing and film and TV units.21st Century Fox will replace the previously announced name for the media arm of Fox Group.21st Century Fox will include pay TV channels Fox, FX, FXX, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Fox Pan American Sports, MundoFox and Star; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and Shine Group.The company will also comprise pay TV services Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and its equity interests in BSkyB and Tata Sky.“Over the years, we have built a global portfolio of companies that has consistently defied conventional wisdom, and succeeded where others have failed because we are driven by a steadfast belief in great ideas, the power of imagination and the desire to thrill and engage audiences with enduring stories and experiences,” said Rupert Murdoch, who will serve as chairman and CEO of the company. “21st Century Fox is a name that draws upon the rich creative heritage of our film studio, while also speaking to the innovation and dynamism that define all of our global media and entertainment businesses and will guide us into the future.”
Russian service provider Rostelecom has launched a new promotional offer for its video-on-demand service, making 100 movies available for RUB100 (€1.98) to attract new subscribers.The offer is valid for four months from the date of connection, after which users will be able to access the VoD service according to the terms of their regular package subscriptions.Rostelecom offers a VoD catalogue of about 1,500movies and TV series.