March 2017 – New Arrivals

Dear readers, here are some of the new arrivals at the library@esplanade in March. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.

(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)

THEATRE

Mary Page Marlowe
Creator(s): Tracy Letts
Call No.: English 812.6 LET
Publisher: London :New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
Known for his complex portrayals of the human psyche, Tracy Letts’ new play expands what at first appears to be an intimate snapshot of one woman’s seemingly ordinary life into a grand and elaborate manifest, complete with different versions of the same woman at various stages of her life. In a series of elegant, nonlinear scenes spanning the years from 1946 all the way to 2015, the play hopscotches through Mary Page Marlowe’s quiet existence as an accountant from Ohio-complicating the notion of what it means to lead a “simple life.”

Theatre
Creator(s): Robin Loon, Kok Heng Leun, Zizi Azah Binte Abdul Majid, Vadivalagan Shanamuga
Call No.: English 792.095957 LOO
Publisher: Singapore : Institute of Policy Studies : Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
This book surveys the beginnings, evolution and current state of theatre in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil against the backdrop of Singapore’s rise as a nation and as a cultural polity. It examines issues of regulation, cultural-linguistic imperatives, and the use of theatre as a mirror, asking the nation and its people to reflect on themselves and their contexts.

Drama education and dramatherapy : Exploring the space between disciplines 
Creator(s): Clive Holmwood
Call No.: English 792.071 HOL -[ART]
Publisher: London : Abingdon, Oxfordshire : Routledge, 2016.
Format: Book
Summary:
Dramatherapy is increasingly being used in schools and educational establishments as a way of supporting young people’s emotional needs. This book examines the space between drama education and Dramatherapy exploring the questions: Does a therapist teach? When does the role of the drama teacher border on that of therapist? How do these two professions see and understand each other and the roles they play?

This book will be of interest to those involved in using drama in an educational or therapeutic context, including: drama teachers, arts therapists, teachers of arts therapy and researchers within wider arts, applied arts and educational faculties within colleges and universities.

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FILM

Mia Madre
Director: Nanni Moretti
Call No.: Others 791.4372 MIA -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
Summary:
A harried filmmaker tries to juggle the demands of her latest movie with a personal life in shambles. The star of her film, a bombastic American actor imported for the production, presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her mother’s illness progresses and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.

Captain Fantastic
Director: Matt Ross
Call No.: English 791.4372 CAP -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
Summary:
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

War Dogs
Director: Todd Phillips
Call No.: English 791.4372 WAR -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
Summary:
Two friends in their early twenties living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military.

Bridget Jones’s baby
Director: Sharon Maguire
Call No.: English 791.4372 BRI -[ART]
Rating: NC16
Formats available: DVD/Blu-Ray
Summary:
Bridget is forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy. She decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and some new ones. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant but she can only be fifty percent sure of the father’s identity.

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MUSIC

She loves me : 2016 Broadway cast recording : a romantic-ish musical comedy
Creator(s): Jerry Bock (composer); Joe Masteroff (librettist); Sheldon Harnick (lyricist)
Call No.: English 782.14 BOC -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Ghostlight Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Summary:
Based on the same story that inspired the hit movie You Got Mail, the revival of the hit musical features Tony Award-nominated performances from Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti, and Zachary Levi.

La La Land : original motion picture soundtrack
Creator(s): Justin Hurwitz (composer, instrumentalist); Benj Pasek (lyricist);
Justin Paul (lyricist)
Call No.: English 781.542 HUR -[ART]
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Interscope Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Contents:
Another day of sun — Someone in the crowd — Mia & Sebastian’s theme — A lovely night — Herman’s habit — City of stars — Planetarium — Summer montage ; Madeline — City of stars — Start a fire / John Legend — Engagement party — Audition (The fools who dream) — Epilogue — The end — City of stars (humming).

Time : space
Creator(s): Charlie Lim (composer, singer)
Call No.: English 782.421644 LIM -[ART]
Publisher: Singapore : Universal Music, 2016
Format: Music CD
Contents:
Intro — Blah blah blues — Choices — Bitter — Light breaks in — Conspiracy — Knots — Nothing more cruel — I only tell the truth — Outro.

Trolls : original motion picture soundtrack
Creator(s):  Justin Timberlake (composer, performer)
Call No.: English 781.542 TRO -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Villa 40 : RCA Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Contents:
Soundtrack for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls features new music from Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani. – Source: publisher

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DANCE

The Aging Body in Dance: a cross-cultural perspective
Creator(s): Nanako Nakajima (editor); Gabriele Brandstetter (editor)
Call No.: English 792.8 AGI -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Format: Book
Summary:
The Aging Body in Dance brings together leading scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds to investigate cultural ideas of movement and beauty, expressiveness and agility.

Contributors focus on Euro-American and Japanese attitudes towards aging and performance, including studies of choreographers, dancers and directors from Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham, Anna Halprin and Roemeo Castellucci to Kazuo Ohno and Kikuo Tomoeda. They draw a fascinating comparison between youth-oriented Western cultures and dance cultures like Japan’s, where aging performers are celebrated as part of the country’s living heritage.

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November 2016 new arrivals

Dear users, here are some of the new arrivals received by the library@esplanade in November. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.

(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)

THEATRE

Applied theatre : facilitation : pedagogies, practices, resilience
Creator(s): Sheila Preston
Call No.: English 792 PRE -[ART]
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
Applied Theatre: Facilitation is the first publication that directly explores the facilitator’s role within a range of socially engaged theatre and community theatre settings. The book offers a new theoretical framework for understanding critical facilitation in contemporary dilemmatic spaces and features a range of writings and provocations by international practitioners and experienced facilitators working in the field. Part One offers an introduction to the concept, role and practice of facilitation and its applications in different contexts and cultural locations. It offers a conceptual framework through which to understand the idea of critical facilitation: a political practice that involves a critical (and self-critical) approach to pedagogies, practices (doing and performing), and resilience in dilemmatic spaces. Part Two illuminates the diversity in the field of facilitation in applied theatre through offering multiple voices, case studies, theoretical positions and contexts, and they apply a range of aesthetic forms: performance, process drama, forum, clowning and playmaking. Each chapter presents the challenge of facilitation in a range of cultural contexts with communities whose complex histories and experiences have led them to be disenfranchised socially, culturally and/or economically.

Billy Elliot : the musical live
Creator(s): Lee Hall (librettist, lyricist); Elton John (composer); Stephen Daldry (stage director)
Call No.: English 791.4372 BIL -[ART]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2015]
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Summary:
A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoe, is set during the 1980s miners’ strike in northern England. Based on the film.

London road
Creator(s): Alecky Blythe (author); Adam Cork (composer)
Call No.: English 822.92 BLY
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, [2011]
Format: Book
Summary:
In late 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. This experimental and challenging work is a highly acclaimed new musical at London’s National Theatre.

The Ruling Class
Creator(s): Peter Barnes
Call No.: English 822.914 BAR
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
Etonians aren’t exactly noted for their grey matter, but I’ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society. Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation. Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated-writer Peter Barnes’s razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the first-ever revival of this classic cult comedy at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 16 January 2015.

Unbuttoned : the art and artists of theatrical costume design
Creator(s): E. Shura Pollatsek
Call No.: English 792.026 POL -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2017
Format: Book (2nd edition)
Summary:
Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design documents the creative journey of costume creation from concept to performance. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating embellishments and accessories. This book features interviews with practitioners from Broadway and regional theatres to opera and ballet companies, offering valuable insights into the costume design profession. Exceptional behind-the-scenes photography illustrates top costume designers and craftspeople at work, along with gorgeous costumes in progress.

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FILM

Child 44
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Call No.: English 791.4372 CHI-[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
In 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov loses status, power, and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa, as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili, who insists there is no crime in paradise.

Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Call No.: English 791.4372 GHO -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD / Blu-ray
Summary:
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Letters from Mother Teresa
Director: William Riead
Call No.: English 791.4372 LET -[ART]
Rating: PG
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
Witness this intimate and moving portrait of Mother Teresa, tireless advocate for the poor and champion of the forgotten. This inspirational cinematic achievement spans over forty years of her incredible journey – from joining the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin to her travels to Darjeeling, from hearing the call to help the poorest of the poor to founding the Missionaries of Charity from her invaluable sacrifices in the slums of Calcutta to her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

The mermaid
Director: Stephen Chow
Call No.: English 791.4372 MER -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
Xuan’s real estate project involved reclamation of the sea, threatening the livelihood of the residents who relied on the sea to make a living. Bearing family secrets, Shan was dispatched to stop Xuan. During their encounters, they fall in love with each other. Even though Xuan stopped the reclamation plan out of his love for Shan, Shan got injured in an accident and vanished into the sea.

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MUSIC

Can’t Stop the Feeling, 7 Years & More Hot Singles
Call No.: English 786.2164 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano)
Summary:
Pop Piano Hits is a series designed for students of all ages! Each book contains five simple and easy-to-read arrangements of today’s most popular downloads. Lyrics, fingering and chord symbols are included to help you make the most of each arrangement. Enjoy your favorite songs and artists today! This edition contains: Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake) • H.O.L.Y. (Florida Georgia Line) • Just Like Fire (Pink) • Lost Boy (Ruth B.) • 7 Years (Lukas Graham).

Mariss Jansons conducts Giuseppe Verdi : Messa requiem
Creator(s): Mariss Jansons (conductor); Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Chor (singer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Orchester (instrumentalist)
Call No.: Others 782.3238 MAR -[ART]
Publisher: Halle (Salle), Germany] : Arthaus Musik, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Summary:
Conducting the brilliantly disposed Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons transforms the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein into a heavenly anteroom. From the very first hushed measures, the orchestra “once again impressively demonstrates its leading rank among the German orchestras” (Die Presse). The four outstanding soloists fuse together to project a vast range of emotions, from whispered reverence to emotional upheavals. While Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has been closely associated with the Wiener Staatsoper for several years now, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya has been steadily building her international career, one major role after another. Albanian-born tenor Saimir Pirgu was chosen by Claudio Abbado at the young age of 22 to sing Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”. Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov, meanwhile, has established himself as a superb Verdi singer. Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” is in itself a work of superlatives: a towering structure of blazing brass, mighty choral masses and tour de force passages for four soloists… a work of deepest and most heartfelt intimacy… a mass for the dead without any mawkish undertones… quite possibly the foremost achievement in 19th-century liturgical music.

School of rock : the musical
Creators: Andrew Llyod Webber (composer); Julian Fellowes (librettist); Glenn Slater (lyricist)
Call No.: English 782.14 LLO -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano/vocal)
Contents:
A dozen piano/vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated 2015 musical adapted from the popular 2003 silver screen production of the same name. Our folio includes the new songs with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater and the title track by Mike White and Samuel Buonaugurio: Children of Rock • Here at Horace Green • Horace Green Alma Mater • I’m Too Hot for You • If Only You Would Listen • If Only You Would Listen (Reprise) • School of Rock • Stick It to the Man • Time to Play • When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock • Where Did the Rock Go? • You’re in the Band. This souvenir folio also includes full-color photos from the stage production and a note from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Writing music for the stage : a practical guide for theatremakers
Creators: Michael Bruce
Call No.: English 781.552 BRU -[ART]
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, 2016
Format: Book
Contents:
The definitive guide to writing music for the stage, by the Composer-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse. Music has played a vital part in drama since the earliest days of theatre. For composers, writing music for the stage is an opportunity to exercise their utmost creativity and versatility: a good musical score will both support and enhance the play it serves, and can lift a prosaic moment into something quite extraordinary. In this book, Michael Bruce takes you through the entire process – from initial preparation, through composition, rehearsals and recording, and finally to performance.

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DANCE

Christmas oratorio : cantatas I-VI
Creator(s): John Neumeier (choreographer)
Call No.: Others 792.842 CHR -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : C Major Entertainment, [2015]
Format: DVD
Summary:
John Neumeier choreographed the first three parts of Bach’s oratorio as a complete ballet in 2007. In 2013 he combined parts of the 2007 version with a newly created second part to the last three cantatas of the oratorio which is presented here as a new work.

Dance medicine in practice : anatomy, injury prevention, training
Creator(s): Liane Simmel
Call No.: English 617.10275 SIM -[HEA]
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Format: Book
Summary:
Dance Medicine in Practice is the complete physical textbook for dance, written specifically to help dancers understand the anatomy, function and care of their bodies. Specific chapters are devoted to focusing on the spine, pelvis, hips, knees, feet, shoulders and arms. Each of these covers the following key aspects: Anatomy: bone structure, musculature, and function. How each part of the body moves and how it responds under pressure; Pitfalls: common examples of bad practice and the effect that these can have on the body; Self-analysis: how to become aware of and muscle groups and the capacity of each joint.; Injury prevention: tips and advice on how to best avoid and prevent injury both in training and everyday life; Exercises: simple and effective methods of strengthening, mobilising and relaxing joints and muscles; Checklists: dos and don’ts for the best dance technique. The best dancers know that looking after their bodies is the key to their success, and Dance Medicine in Practice also covers how to ensure the best possible nutrition, plan and manage training schedules, and ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum both in frequency and impact. It is the best possible companion to a life in dance.

Flowers cracking concrete : Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American choreographies
Creator(s): Rosemary Candelario
Call No.: English 792.82 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: London : Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Flowers Cracking Concrete is the first in-depth study of the forty-year career of Eiko & Koma–two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. They continue to choreograph, perform, and give workshops across the United States and around the world. Rosemary Candelario argues that what is remarkable about Eiko & Koma’s dances is not what they signify but rather what they do in the world. Each chapter of the book is a close reading of a specific dance that reveals a choreographic theme or concern. Drawing on interviews, live performance, videos, and reviews, Candelario demonstrates how ideas have kinesthetically and choreographically cycled through Eiko & Koma’s body of work, creating dances deeply engaged with the wider world through an active process of mourning, transforming, and connecting.

Les patineurs ; Divertissements ; Scènes de ballet
Creator(s): Frederick Ashton (choreographer), Royal Ballet (dancer)
Call No.: English 792.845 PAT -[ART]
Publisher: London : Opus Arte, [2011]
Format: DVD
Summary:
Showcasing some of Ashton’s shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scènes de ballet, in which sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create one of Ashton’s most modernist works. Divertissements from eight Ashton ballets feature some of his most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet. – Source: www.roh.org.uk

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ARTS CENTRAL

Audience engagement and the role of arts talk in the digital era
Creator(s): Lynne Conner
Call No.: English 790.2 CON -[REC]
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Format: Book
Summary:
“The ruling idea of Arts Talk is a simple one: audience pleasure is deeply tied up with the opportunity to interpret the meaning and value of the arts, and this pleasure is enhanced significantly when interpretation is made social. Conner analyzes the robust arts audiences of the past alongside contemporary participatory cultures to model a new paradigm for arts appreciation centered on audience-powered conversations, both live and digital. Topics discussed include learning and cognition in arts reception and the form and function of productive talk in the digital era. This book is a valuable resource for arts workers and audiences wishing to explore the environmental, social, and psychological conditions that allow us to engage meaninfully with the arts.”

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