Lamron F I N E T O E A C H H I S A R T S h a v i a n C o m e d y D e t a i l s D e c l i n e o f W e s t e r n W o r l d by S c o tt C lugstone LAMRON Fine A rts E d itor In order to understand the world cultures that mass media and transportation daily bring closer to, one needs to seize every possible opportunity for exposure. Such an opportunity was Limelight’s presentation of Ritha Devi, the internationally renowned dancer from India. Regrettably, too few people took advantage of the chance to experience the unfamiliar, beau tiful dance that Ms. Devi is so proficient at and so devoted to. Her art has its nearest equivalent in our classical ballet. It is not an ethnic dance based on folklore, but a dance based entirely on the Hindu religion, and with a technique comparable to the difficulties of classical ballet. A further similarity is the use of gestures. This dance is esentially programatic, having a story or message to relate. Ms. Devi prefaced each selection with an explanation of the meaning and its accompanying gestures. These representative manipula tions of the hands and arms are rather closely akin to the pantomime of classical ballet, except tor the fact that every word has its equivalent gesture. Following the performance, I had an opportunity to talk with Ms. Devi. Although she has just recently returned from her home in Bombay, India, most of her time is spent in New York City where she lives and works. Ms. Devi, a teacher of dance at New York University since 1972, came to the United States in order to make a living at her art, a commodity that is quite ill-re garded in her native country. “The need for bread is greater than that for art,” she said in a tone that S e x C h a n g e T a r n F a l l s T o S t i m u l a t e S c i F l F a n sugge s ts a sad acceptance of the reality that caused her to move here. In short, the attractive woman appears very contented with her life and work. Being a universally acclaimed artist, she is remark ably humble in manner and atitude, and when'asked what it is that she most longs to do, she answered, “...dance till the day I die, I gu e s s .\ Waiting Standing attached to the window my face against the crack I feel cool mouths that beg to be kissed into my own breath, leave the day behind the night is a big silent bird. I wait to hear it sing. I wait to brush up against the hollow of its feathers. I wait and wait. “Heartbreak H o u se,” George Bernard Shaw 's com e d y about a place where everyone speaks the truth, will be performed by Cothurnus Drama Club at Gene se o , W e d n e s d a y , M a r c h 13, through Saturday, March 16. The action in “Heartbreak H o u s e \ take s p la c e in the ship-like home of Captain Shoto- over and the characters represent the best and the worst of this w o rld. The house is a place where hearts are broken and illusions dispelled. The successful busi nessm a n finds no one takes him seriously and has his pom p o u s n e s s punctured. Others have the pose of respectability twitted and empty good m a n n e rs laughed at, as are all substitutions for good sense and honest courage. Shaw presents an array ot witty people w h o say witty and intelligent things, but who are adrift in a world lacking direction. Captain Shotover says, “learn navigation and live; or leawe it and be dam n e d .’’ The c a s t of “ Heartbreak House” includes Terry Browne, Glenn Caron, Susan Drigant, Joanne Giardino, Joe Kowalski, Duane Leaker, Patti lew is, Phil Schuster, Ray Sm ith and Marilise Tronto. All perform ances will be im the Fine Arts Theatre with Curtain time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for the public and $1 for students w ith ID and Fee Card. Reservations may be mad® by calling 245-5433 between 2 and 5 p.m. any week day. by Brian Moore I havecalledRobert Heinlein my favorite and the best S F writer. However, even “the best\ have heir failures. One of his more ecent books, I Will Fear No Evil 1970), is Heinlein’s worst as far as I am concerned. The story takes place in the near future where a dying, rich man asks for and receives the first brain transplant. The body his brain is put into is that of his young and beautiful secretary, making this a sex change brain transplant, a very interesting concept that could be worked into a fine novel. Heinlein's attempt starts out well, including the added twist of having the secretary s so u l reincarnated along with her boss in the sam e body. After a while the story goes downhill, all the sex talk and experimenting gets boring and sometimes corny. Som e of the visions, few as they are, of this future society are interesting and the twist at the end is good but all in all this is a terrible book. Perhaps if it were cut from its 500 pages down to about 200 it would be bearable or even good. Unfortunately, Hem- lein wanted an epic and sacrificed quality for quantity. I brand this one for Heinlein freaks, only m o s t of them will be disappoint ed. U r s u l a K, L e G u i n creates planets and cultures, but beyond this, she creates living characters to inhabit these worlds. I have liked all of the books I have read by her, but here I will mention only two. The planet in Planet of Exile rs a world colonized by Earth and then, because of interga lactic war, the colony loses contact with Earth. The twist here (LeGuin always has one) is the planet’s 600 year-long period of revolution causing certain cultural peculiarities. The story concerns the relations of the Earthmen and the natives of the planet, In particular, one native girl and an Earthman. A beautifully written book, but better than this is her H u g o and Nebula award-winning The Lelt Hand of Darkness. This story follows the travels of a galactic am b a s s a d o r on a world where the native peoples are unisexual. This is an interesting concept handled delicately and well by the author. The charac terizations are especially fine in the am b a s s a d o r and his one true native friend The planet also has an added pe c u l i a r i t y in that it is winter almost year round. The highest temperatures only reach sixty. This is a superb book worth buying even if y o u detest science fiction. Here I dream but awake sunlight framing the window- shade but disappearing as you have disappeared 1rom this room your night clothes on the closet hook waiting to be refilled. Our world is happening around us but gives no answers. I settle for an empty breakfast and the mailbox slamming but this house does not ’settle for me. The Cats are hungry. 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