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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Arts & Entertain ment Wednesday, November 24, 1976 Page Five

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Andre
PARIS (Reuter) - Andre Malraux, the1
literary and intellectual giant who ,matcl
bold words with action and entranced Gene
Gaulle, died yesterday in a Paris hospital.I
75.
Secure in his place as a 20th-century c
legend, Malraux died of a massive bloodc
the lung. after entering hospital in weakene
dition nine days ago. He had been ill fors
weeks.
PRESIDENT Valery Giscard d'Estaing1
flood of world tributes to Malraux, author
Condition Humaine (translated both as Man'
and Man's Estate), the novel siding with
revolutionary struggle in the 1920s whicl
brought him literary fame.
The warrior-authors body was transferre
morning from the hospital in suburban Cr
the family mansion at Verrieres-le-Buisson,
of Paris, where he had pressed ahead w
work until the end.
Family friends said he will be buried pr
today in the garden of his mansion near the
of Louise de Vilmorin, an authoress who 1
his constant companion in his later years.
MALRAUX, son fo a wealthy Paris bank
came a flamboyant leftist symbol of persona
mitment prepared to die for the causes of
he wrote, ranging from the Chinese Revolut
the Spanish Civil War to anti-fascism and th
against Hitler.
"If a man is not ready to risk his life, w
his dignity?" he once asked.
Malraux reversed his early pro-Communi:
ings during World War I. After meeting Det
he became his most intimate associate a
tellectual mentor, heloing to shape the ge,
controversial world policies.
WHEN De Gaulle first met Malraux just
the war, in which the writer was at one

Malraux

dies

at

75

condemned to death by the Nazis for his role in
the French Resistance, he is said to have remark-
ed admiringly to his aides: "At last, I have seen
a man."
Malraux joined De Gauhe as Information Minis-
ter in the General's short-lived post-war govern-
ment. When De Gaulle returned to power, Malraux
served as Culture Minister for 11 years from 1958
to 1969.
"La Condition Humaine," displaying the writer's
deep sympathy for the revolutionaries after a visit
to China, has remained the most highly acclaimed
of all his works, which covered all his most deeply-
felt experiences, including his spiritual bond with
De Gaulle. He also wrote books on art.
GISCARD d'Estaing, in a message of condolence
to Malraux's daughter Florence, praised the writ-
er's lifelong campaign for upholding human dig-
nity. "He constantly expressed a certain idea of
mankind. He lived and struggled for it," the presi-
dent said.
Former Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Del-
mae, a Gaullist stalwart who also had strong ties
with the general, noted: "Malraux has already
entered into legend. He was a man of powerful
thought and powerful soul which he mobilized for
human freedom and fraternity."
Francoise Giroud, the present Culture Minister,
called him "one of .the beacons of our-age and of
our country."
AMADOU Mahtar M'Bow, head of the United.
Nations cultural organization UNESCO, said "with
Andre Malraux, the world has lost one of the most
fertile . . . and universal minds of our time."
He added: "Malraux wanted to help all men, his
contemporaries, to achieve an acute and exalting
awareness of the power man has to act on the
world and change its history."

Doily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
Oh, What a Lovely War!
Three military characters confer over a map, in a scene from PTP's production of "Oh
What a Lovely War." The musical comedy runs tonight and Friday through Sunday, nights
in the Power Center, at 8 p.m.
'Nasty Lou' lbed lits
Detroit-and everything else
By ROB MEACHUM life and how people are inevita- iepart from his often unintell-

AP Photo

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DETROIT- Lou Reed prov- bly hurt- by The System; but he
ed Monday night beyond a shad- yep shouting "I say fuck 'em,'
ow of a doubt that he has the take a walk on the wild side."a
weight of the earth resting as Maybe I'm just too optimistic,:
but I don't think so. I rather

igible screaming and violent
outbursts and get close to the
audience. It was, perhaps, his
finest moment of the entire
voncert

Gershwin salute:
Spotty, but nice

a chip on his shoulder. think that Mr. Reed had an ex- "Kill Your Son," "Sweet By STEVEN PICKOVER ing added warmth to the vocal
No joy, jubilation, or general tremely unfortunate childhood, Jane," and "Vicious Circle," C EORGE GERSHWIN is one? numbers.
contentedness with life marked and probably had a string of the latter from his most recent of the most celebrated Am- Kirkland has a clear soprano
is Masonic Auditorium per- bid sexual relationships when album Rock and Roll Heart, erican composers - witness the voice with a lot of power, but
┬░ormance - just pure hate, he was older. It's like he holds were also well done. Marty Fo- almost never-ending salutes, lacks depth and maturity. She
scorp, andcontempt for every- a grudcli on life, one that he gel, the saxophonist, was ex- comemmorations and benefit was very capable technically
one and everything. Some would won't, or can't, forget. :eptional by any standards and concerts which serve his music to sing the various numbers,
hold that in order to be a true E.arried the band when Reed to the public on a silver plat- but lacked emotional verve and
rock and roller, the artist has EEVERYONE has bad things wasn't playing guitar. Likewise ter. Although seasoned with dif- conviction. Patterson, however,
to beagesv.I hsi r E VROEhsbdtig u tpaiggia.Lkws,
to be aggressive. If this s true, happen to them. There are irummer Michael Suchorsky ferent arrangements and sung! had a strong bass and seem-
then nasty Lou transcends rock times when I can closely re-. was innovative, and bassist by different performers, the, ed to get into the mood bet-:
'n roll and is somewhere out late to some of Reed's lyrics Bruce Yaw and keyboardist Mi- i basic lilting melodies remain ter than did Kirkland. His exu-
in an unknown and uncharted - but it's always temporary. zhael Fonfara more than held the same. So, it was only with berant stage presence helped
musical void. Mv God, I'm glad ^ I wasn't up their part of the bargain. casual anticipation that I went keep the show on the road. TheI
I MUST CONFESS; I always :lepressed and into heavy drugs Lou Reed, for all his decad- to hear the University of Michi- major difference between the
thought of "Walk on the Wild at the concert - and I pity ence and viciousness, will sure- gan School of Music's "A Salute two soloists was that Kirkland
Side" as one of those rare, friv- those who were. ly go down in the books as one to George Gershwin; and while sang songs, and Patterson per-
olous, fun songs where, while The music and Reed's stage of the best lyricists in rock I was never really disappointed, formed them.
ane may not actually act out presence was great, don't mis- and roll. Unlike the meander- I was never enthused either. It The University Choir was defi-'.
what the lyrics suggest, think- interpret me, but two-and-a- ings of countless other bands was just nice. nitely an asset to the program,
ing about them is nevertheless half hours of his constant bar- these days, he is very explicit The program opened with that singing with security and depth
interesting. rage was a little much. Only in his feelings and projects most enchanting of pieces, The of tone.
I Was wrong. During the song, an "Berlin," when he sat at them as a good performer Rhapsody in Blue. The initial
Lou talked about the state of the edge of the stage, did he should. tempo was slow enough for a
snail, to make a round trip to Party &
the lavatory and never miss aEU'
note. Fortunately, however, con- ,
ductor Thomas Hilbish did not
Dance Theater eihtulsongv s uce
allow this to last very long, and
soon gave us a quicker beatn . 'e
By MARNIE HEYN very muscular and erect; seg- ern dance, but was redundant worthy of the inherent jazz rhy- I ; cs " "she I
Y AST FRIDAY night the New ment by segment,. the dance and depressingly familiar. thm. The orchestra proved to "
Ann Arbor Dance Theater was limb and torso sculpture THE FIFTH piece, No. 29 by be adequate, but unfortunately " "s " " "
presented a concert at Dance'in which breathing assumed an Lawrence Ferlinghetti was inconsistant. During several in- to 51a"
presented aeconcerttatDance'stances they captured the spir- "to
Space on State Street. The important role. Despite all the choreographed and danced by ite mood of the piee.h. How- r SI
Theater, which is noted for in- physical drawbacks of the dance Linda Perry and narrated by ever, other times pit was lost
novative and experimental pro- area, Solitaries, like all the oth- David Marshall. The effect was ine ucer phras it as dot
ductions, delighted its audience er pieces, was staged very well; appropriately sultry and fa- unclear phrasing and doubt
pprpritey slty ad a-H eidelbeeprtatog
with a snappy, ,cerebral hour the lighting and music were tiguied.t t
of pieces by talented local flawless. Samuel Perez, the piano so- 215 N. Main C Ann Arbor. 663-7758
choreographers and dancers. Linda Pack's Circling was odd The ,finale, Descent, was the loist, did a fair job at inter-
Although the performance was and appealing. An eight-legged most ambitious production of preting Gershwin's difficult pi-
excellent, everyone was glad lavender and grey caterpillar the evening. Deep green and ano score. He often played a
that it was brief, because the with four vestigial wings crawl- blue horizontal bars of light set bit too heavily when a lighter,
sixty-odd viewers were hunk- ed around the stage while Sue the stage for flautist Edward more expressive touch was
ered down in a space only Shell Clark (who wore a pen- Seymour and dancers Kathleen needed; and occasionally some
slightly larger than a nine-by- light in her hair) read Ger- Smith and Connie Bergstein staccato phrasing slipped in
twelve rug, and were cramped trude Stein (taped to the back Dow (the choreographer). in place of legato.
and steamy by 9:30. But the dis- of Sharon Pittenger's head); Thomas Frank did the artistic THE NEXT PIECE was a con-
comfort was worth the enter- Sally Sheeley and Kathy Morse direction to Edward Weiss's cert version of Porgy and Bess,
tainment, and the refreshments stayed in step. Lighting was low, rumbling music. The result sung by Glenda Kirkland and
were excellent. provided by four flashlights was similar to, but not imita- Willis Patterson, joined by the
The evening was proof that which were passed among the tive of, Martine Epoque's proto- University Choir. It in essence
dance nuts of every stripe, both audience. It all worked; the ef- plasmic pieces, except that Des- takes you on a quick tour of
doers and watchers, have found feet was eerie and solemn. cent was oriented to primates. the folkT opera, and was played
a haven outside of Greenwich Sarah Martens and Bettze Mc- Altogether, the performance skillfully by the orchestra,
Village and Pfeiffer cartoons. !'Coy designed and danced I was most impressive. I whose crisp and mellow phras-
EACH OF THE six pieces was; Don't Trust Service People Eith-
unique and deserves a separate er, a nastily satiric bit of grasp-
response. First, Kathleen Smith ing, tumbling, and phony grins.
designed a trio to Warren Ben- It may not have been art, but
son's Solitaries, a brass-and- it was deft and stinging. Im-
bells piece which can only be provisation, danced by five
described as Asian jazz. the members of the company, was
dancers were almost stately, adequate first-generation mod- -i1oonG re ott anDir|

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