Walter’s World: PARADIGM

By Walter Rutledge Creativity is the original magic. At first it was the way to explain the unknown, but soon evolved into a social necessity enriching the mundane and sublunary.Republics have come and gone, dynasties dissolved, but the greatness of these civilizations remains in the art they have left behind.

Walter’s World: The Intimate Art of Choreography

By Walter Rutledge The curtain rises, the music begins and the lighting illuminates the space directly in front of us. Within seconds movement begins to soothe the rush of anticipation. Be it a group, duet or solo the number of people is not important; there in the dark the human form carves away the negative…

Walter’s World: Martha Graham Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge The 85th season of the Martha Graham Dance Company opened with the grandeur and élan the world has come to expect from this modern dance pioneer. The season was housed in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. This state of the art facility has an old…

Pair Accused Of Swindling National Black Theater

The statement below is from Michael Lythcott and Sade Lythcott, son and daughter of national Black Theater founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer: “The National Black Theater has been part of the cultural foundation of Harlem for more than 40 years. Unfortunately, nefarious business practices and eventual abandonment by our investor group, Nubian Heritage, now threaten…

Walter’s World: Ailey II A Choreographic Laboratory

By Walter Rutledge Ailey II has evolved into a formidable force in the modern dance community. The company is presently experiencing unparallel success having recently completed a 49-city tour spanning both North America and Europe. The professional work ethic is a combination of a nurturing dance symposium, and boot camp.

Jazz vs. Racism By Greg Thomas

In the brief time that I’ve been posting blog entries to Integral Post, rarely have I explicitly discussed the issue of race, which, it seems to me, is a blindspot of the Integral community. Yet I intend, more and more, to visit the theme of race and view it through an Integral lens.

Walter’s World: Romare Bearden: Idea to Realization

By Walter Rutledge Recently the exhibition Romare Bearden: Idea to Realization was on display at the DC Moore Gallery. The exhibition consisted of a series Maquettes by the artist. Maquettes are small-scale models or sketches for larger works; Bearden created these for murals, mosaics, and book projects. On March 4th the Romare Bearden Foundation co-…

Walter’s World: Preview Paul Taylor Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge Every artist desires longevity. Beyond the exuberance of youth, and then the serious and cerebral commitment to perfecting one’s craft there comes a time when an artist just creates. This results in a clear and uncontrived conversation between the artist and their muse; and a grateful public has the good fortune to…

Walter’s World: 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show

By Walter Rutledge A civilization is ultimately defined not by what it does, but by what it leaves behind. It defines a people, and since antiquity speaks to the one race- the human race. The 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show will present the fifteenth annual exhibition Friday, February 25 to Sunday February 27 in the…

Harlem Legend Bobby’s “Happy House” Robinson Dies

Bobby Robinson, whose tiny record shop on Harlem‘s 125th St. spawned No. 1 national hits and made him an uptown patriarch for six decades, died yesterday. He was 93 and had been ill for several years – though he regularly went to work at his shop until it was forced to close in January 2008.