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News: Lin-Manuel Miranda at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with “Siempre, Luis” and “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme”

[ Written on December 10 2019 by Francesca ]

The Sundance Institute announced its 2020 lineups for the Indie Episodic, Special Events and Shorts programs and among the Special Events there are two entries starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Siempre, Luis” and “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.”

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 23 to February 2.

Siempre, Luis / U.S.A. (Director: John James, Executive Producer: Michael Stolper) — Follow one single-minded immigrant’s improbable journey from Puerto Rico to the halls of power. Witness Luis Miranda’s unflappable idealism as he battles his health, mobilizes the mainland Latinx community, matches wits with his youngest child applying to college and brings Hamilton to his island home, all in twelve months. Cast: Luis Miranda, Lin-Manuel Miranda. World Premiere

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Fried, Producers: Sarina Roma, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jill Furman, Jon Steingart, Jenny Steingart) — Follow the 15-year journey of the founding members of the improv hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme, as they reflect upon why this show remains such an important piece of their personal, creative, and professional history–from the basement of the Drama Bookshop in NYC to the Broadway stage. Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris Sullivan. World Premiere

In the U.S. Documentary Competiton program, is listed the movie “Mucho Mucho Amor”, dedicated to world-famous astrologer Walter Mercado, in which Miranda is set to also appear as a guest, according to EFE.

Mucho Mucho Amor / U.S.A. (Directors: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch, Producer: Alex Fumero) — Once the world’s most famous astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, Walter grew up to become a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million viewers a day for decades before he mysteriously disappeared. World Premiere

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda Finds a New Location for the Drama Book Shop

[ Written on November 12 2019 by Francesca ]

After closing its doors at its longtime 40th Street home in January, the Drama Book Shop is preparing for its moment back: it’s slated to reopen in March 2020 in a new location, 266 West 39th Street. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffrey Seller, and James L. Nederlander perchased the shop when it was struggling and teamed up team for the relaunch with Hamilton set designer David Korins, who modeled the new space after European cafes and reading rooms. The venue will feature a coffee shop, a basement room for readings and classes, and as its centerpiece, a large spiral structure inspired by dramatic literature.

Check a rendering of the Drama Book Shop interior, designed by David Korins, in HQ in our Gallery.

Read Miranda’s statement, via Deadline.

“The Drama Book Shop is the heart and soul of the New York theater community. It’s been an oasis in midtown for a century of storytellers and theater fans alike — a safe space to gather, to learn, and to find great books and music. I found my collaborators there. I wrote drafts of In the Heights there. Freestyle Love Supreme was born there. I made sure the first book-signing of Hamilton: The Revolution was held there. The Drama Book Shop is home. To the next generation of dramatists, actors, directors, composers, choreographers, designers, and theater enthusiasts: the stage is set…Come in. Discover. Enjoy.”

Check in Gallery the picture below.

Under the cut, read The New York Times’ article about the news.

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News: Lin-Manuel Miranda unveils Google Arts & Culture exhibition of Puerto Rico’s art

[ Written on November 08 2019 by Francesca ]

On Thursday November, 7 Lin-Manuel Miranda helped Google Arts & Culture to unveil an online exhibition that features work from four Puerto Rico art institutions.

To Associated Press, Miranda said:

It’s a flare out to the world that there’s incredible art here. There’s no reason why Puerto Rican art should not be seen on the same stage as the Louvre, the Met and all the incredible other places where Google has come with its cameras to digitize the artwork.

To present the exhibition, Google Arts & Culture releazed a video in which Lin-Manuel reads a poem dedicated to Puerto Rico, written by Lemon Andersen.

Check the video below and the screen captures in Gallery.

Video: A message from the When We All Vote co-chairs

[ Written on November 07 2019 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda joined once again Michelle Obama for a campaign of When We All Vote.

Check the video below.

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda will co-chair the MET Gala 2020

[ Written on November 07 2019 by Francesca ]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announces that its 2020 theme will be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The MET hosts a Gala every year, to open the exhibition and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be among the co-chairs of the 2020 event with Nicolas Ghesquière, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour. The Gala will take place on Monday, May 4.

Read more about the exhibition below.

VOGUE: Twenty twenty is a milestone year for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New York institution will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a series of exhibitions, many of which put the spotlight on the masterworks in its collections, as well as new acquisitions made as part of the 2020 Collections Initiative in honor of the anniversary. In keeping with the year’s theme, today the Met announces that the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition will showcase a century-and-a-half of fashion history culled from its archive and presented along a “disruptive” timeline. “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” says Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, takes a “nuanced and open-ended” approach. “It’s a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous.”

Bolton found inspiration for the exhibition in the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando, which was based on the time-traveling Virginia Woolf novel of the same name. “There’s a wonderful scene,” he says, “in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it her clothes change to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.”

Virginia Woolf acts as the show’s “ghost narrator,” with quotes from her time-based books including OrlandoMrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse appearing throughout the exhibition, not unlike Susan Sontag’s quotes guided viewers through this year’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” show. The philosopher Henri Bergson, whose concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—also provided some of the show’s framework. In addition, Michael Cunningham, whose novel The Hours, a postmodernist reading of Mrs. Dalloway, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, will contribute a short story to the exhibition’s catalogue. “What I like about Woolf’s version of time is the idea of a continuum,” Bolton says. “There’s no beginning, middle, or end. It’s one big fat middle. I always felt the same about fashion. Fashion is the present.”

It’s human nature to compartmentalize, to, as Bolton says, “look back at history with homogenous eyes.” Indeed, in a video clip shown at Karl Lagerfeld’s memorial in June, Lagerfeld said: “Clothes are the first thing you think of when you imagine an era—you think of pannier dresses when you say the 18th century, before architecture or anything else.” Bolton’s mission with “About Time” is to challenge and complicate this tendency, and to get us to think differently about fashion history. To do so, he will divide the 160 women’s garments in the exhibition into two sections or “timescales.” The first is a linear timeline of black looks. “It’s a very rational, regulated chronology of fashion from 1870 to 2020, the timescale of modernity,” Bolton explains. The second grouping presents what the curator describes as counter-chronologies, mostly in white ensembles, though there is also likely to be bursts of color in places. “You can see them as folds in time,” he says.

In a press release, Max Hollein, director of the Met, elaborated on the concept: “This exhibition will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical.” Bolton will highlight a variety of “folds in time.” They could include comparisons between two designers of different eras, like Alaïa‎ and Vionnet or Poiret and Galliano. “Or it might be juxtapositions between two designers from a certain period who were competitive, and one survived and one didn’t,” like “Chanel and Patou in the ’20s and Rei Kawakubo and Georgina Godley in the ’80s.”

It’s useful to think of these “counter-chronologies” or “folds” as connections. Bolton makes them across shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, and decoration. Among his favorites: the relationship between a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s and an Alexander McQueen “Bumster” skirt from 1995. “Over the years, McQueen continually worked with this elongated silhouette—the princess line basically—and I’ve always felt that the bumster was the most radical version of the way he achieved it.” He continues: “What the dual timelines try to unravel is that tension in fashion between change and endurance, and transience and permanence.” Ultimately, I think it advocates for a slowing down of fashion.”

The exhibition, which will be presented in the Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, will be made possible by Louis Vuitton. Bolton is working with Es Devlin, the visual artist and stage designer, on the exhibition design. “I’ve long admired her work and wanted to collaborate with her,” he says. “This theme seemed most suitable for her, she’s done several of what she calls mirror mazes and she often refers to the complexity of time with her design process.” The co-chairs for the gala on Monday, May 4 will be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour.

“About Time: Fashion and Duration” will be on view at the Costume Institute from May 7 through September 7, 2020.

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