Poet: Gertrude Stein

If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso by Gertrude Stein

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[Edited 10/19/17: The original upload has gone missing, so it’s been replaced with two excerpts.]

This is Shutters Shut, choreographed by the legendary duo Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, A.K.A. Lightfoot León, and premiered by the Nederlands Dans Theater II in 2003. Paul Lightfoot told Ballet magazine, “In a way Shutters is a study, it’s an exercise.”

This performance is by Gauthier Dance, the dance ensemble of Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The dancers are Armando Braswell and Rosario Guerra. The film was edited by Valerie Haaf-Seidel, with camera work by Fritz Moser and Werner Schmidtke. (There’s another performance on YouTube, by Nederlands Dans Theater II itself, but that’s only an excerpt and seems to have been uploaded by someone other than the copyright holder.)

A Sound (from Objects) by Gertrude Stein

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Art student Marika Cowan says:

A cutout animation project. Music by Kimya Dawson, voice by Cory Hill, poem by Gertrude Stein, sound effects from freesound.org.

The cat puppet and its skull mask is paper painted with acrylics. The tiger is cut out from some tiger-printed patterned paper. All of the backgrounds are paper as well.

This is from the opening piece in Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914), available as an e-book from Project Gutenberg.