Picks and Pans Review: Alive from Off Center
PBS (Monday, July 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Avant-garde is not a French deodorant. Says Monsieur Webster: It's "an intelligentsia that develops new and experimental concepts in the arts." This new eight-part series showcases the works of artists who fuse the performing arts with the electronic media. Tonight's premiere episode features six diverse segments with artists who are either ahead of their time or are pulling our collective leg. The show highlights a video of percussionist David Van Tieghem, who uses his drumstick to tap out a beat on the streets of New York, New Wave entertainer Laurie Anderson singing and dancing with computer graphics and Japan's all-male dance troupe, Sankai Juku, hanging naked by their feet in a London powerhouse. I may not know my avant-garde, but I know what I like: William Wegman's stomach. Sans shirt, sitting in a chair, he makes it sing! So belly up to the TV set, folks. You've a treat in store.
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