Judith Malina (1926-2015)

A page turns. One of the great pioneering American counter-cultural icons, Judith Malina (co-founder with her late husband Julian Beck) of the groundbreaking revolutionary theatre troupe, The Living Theatre, died this past Friday, (at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, where she had been living, in assisted living, these past few years). She died following complications from lung disease. She was eighty-eight.  Her obituary by Bruce Weber in The New York Times may be read here  An appreciation en francais may be read – here and in italanio – here and here  Internationally respected … Read More

Théâtre de Poche – (AG on Stage Nudity)

 

Roger Domani founded the politically engaged Théâtre de Poche in Brussels (Belgium) in 1951. Allen was on hand in 1976 for the  25-year celebration. The Théâtre de Poche had famously produced a stage adaptation of his Kaddish in 1967 

 
       
[Stage Nudity – The Living Theatre – Paradise Now, 1967]

Allen is seen (and heard) here chanting – “AH” – and making the following declaration:  What seems strange and shocking perhaps in 1945 or (19)55 seems usable, workable now as, for instance, a few years ago, twenty years ago, we all had the dream of people naked on stage, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 179

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[Allen Ginsberg’s signed copy of his Collected Poems 1947-1980) to the Living Theatre (Julian Beck and Judith Malina) – “On With the Show of Eternity!” –  from the Living Theatre Archives – courtesy The Boo-Hooray Gallery, NYC]

Here’s a sweet little snippet of grainy video – Allen Ginsberg, in 1976, in Larry Rivers‘ loft in Manhattan, improvising a twelve-bar blues, recollecting the life-changing experience that he’d had the previous months (specifically, an extended Vajrayana meditation retreat, with his teacher Chogyam Trungpa and students, at a hastily-convened seminary at Land O’Lakes, in Northern Wisconsin)   – “I haven’t been … Read More

Sunflower Sutra – Mekas Vintage Footage (1959 at the Living Theater)

Yesterday, posted on You Tube was remarkable footage (by Jonas Mekas) of Allen, Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones) Ray Bremser, and Frank O’Hara, famously reading together, in 1959, in New York City, at the Living Theatre, at a benefit for Yugen magazine  (you’re perhaps familiar with  Fred McDarrah’s iconic photo taken on that same occasion (see below)  The footage is silent, but Jonas added a soundtrack, a recording he made of Allen the following year, 1960, reading from his classic “Sunflower Sutra” – “..my sunflower, O my soul, I loved you then!..” [2014 update – Regrettably, … Read More

Red Noir: Anne Waldman, Judith Malina & the Living Theatre

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On December tenth, The Living Theatre will open a new – and bold – production: Red Noir. The play is written by poet Anne Waldman and directed by Judith Malina herself.

 

Red Noir
Greedy hands close a black market deal… A glamorous detective pursues a corporate agent with a valise containing danger… A rogue lab technician follows them with a valise containing hope… A chorus of anarchists brings sanity and peace to a world of strife and struggle…Red Noir was derived by poet Anne Waldman from the metaphors of film noir… it’s a drama of technology, erotics, and politics.An
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