A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) organise against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
Bruce Goldstein presents this acclaimed tribute to the self-taught Nicholas Brothers, two of the twentieth century’s greatest dancers, tracing the story of their incredible 75-year career through rare film clips and photographs.
The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), rank among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African-American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio and television and in vaudeville and nightclubs. Their dazzling, show-stopping numbers in movies such as Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade and Stormy Weather made them international icons. Known for effortless balletic moves, elegant tap dancing and perfect rhythms - along with a consummate grace and sly sense of humour - the Olympian brothers are in the end impossible to categorise. The dancer’s dancers, their fans have included Gene Kelly, who teamed up with them in The Pirate; Bob Fosse and Gregory Hines, whose first acts were modelled on them; ballet legends George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov; Michael Jackson, who once had Fayard as a dance coach; and Fred Astaire, who named their Stormy Weather ‘staircase’ number the greatest of all musical sequences.
Bruce Goldstein is Director of Repertory Programming at Film Forum in New York – a legendary cinema programmer, writer and co-producer of a 1991 documentary on the brothers.
Look out for screenings of Stormy Weather, in UK cinemas this autumn and winter.
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Join feature writer and Guardian columnist Gary Younge as he talks about his new book Another Day In The Death Of America a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.
Following the talk there will be a book-signing. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the venue courtesy of Newham Bookshop.