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June 25th, 2014 by Kimb Massey

Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF), chose PARK ARCADIA as their Official Selection! The schedule and list of venues for the eight-day festival from Aug 3 to 10 can be seen here: including exact time for public screening of PARK ARCADIA).

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TRFT Graduate Kyung Lee’s Film “TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui”

May 27th, 2014 by Kimb Massey

Congratulations, Kyung Lee, on her new film: TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI.

Kyung received her MA in Theatre in 2004.

Her new film was featured on the cover of


TELOS: Front Page Feature in Today’s San Francisco Chronicle!

Read San Francisco Chronicle’s article, come to the film’s Bay Area premiere and learn for yourself about Eugene’s radical philosophies and designs. Share your thoughts with us at the Q&A after the screening.

Saturday, 5/31
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103


May 27th, 2014 by Kimb Massey

It’s a wrap! Congratulations Class of 2014 ! !





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And finally, a  little faculty humor at the SJSU graduation ceremony.

Karl Toepfer Publishes Article in “On Stage Alone”

May 9th, 2014 by Kimb Massey
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Oda Schottmueller performing one of her solo mask dances in Berlin, ca. 1938.

Congratulations“Solo Dancing in Central Europe and Early Modernism,” in On Stage Alone, edited by Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, University Press of Florida, 2013.

This article discusses different kinds of solo dance and dancers in Central Europe from about 1905 to 1940 and describes the remarkable inventiveness of dancers in developing a mode of dance performance that is now very rare and difficult to master in our time.

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Karl Toepfer Publishes Article in “Metropolenzauber. Sexuelle Moderne und urbaner Wahnsinn”

May 9th, 2014 by Kimb Massey

Congratulations to Karl Toepfer on the publication of: “Perverse Erotik und die Vision der ekstatischen Stadt” (translated into German by Dorothea Loebbermann), in Metropolenzauber. Sexuelle Moderne und urbaner Wahnsinn, edited by Gabriele Tietze and Dorothea Dornhof, Vienna: Bohlau 2014.

This article discusses different approaches to research on perverse sexuality during the Weimar Republic and the discovery that accurate, comprehensive knowledge of the this subject depended on participation in rather than detachment from the forms of behavior the researchers explored.

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“Hero und Leander,” photo by Manasse, Vienna (1930), from Erich Wulffen, Die Erotik in der Photographie, Berlin: Verlag für Kulturforschung (1931), 11. This voluptuously staged photo of a scene from ancient Greek myth nevertheless exudes a seductive aura of modernity as it contrasts the reclining or “defeated” male figure with the rising or “yearning” female figure, reversing the conventional or “classical” representation of “active” male identity contrasted with “passive” female identity. However, the image also suggests that female ascent comes at the sacrifice of male beauty. Unlike much Nacktkultur photography and indeed some artworks of the pre-War era, the staged photography of the Weimar Republic tends to show little, if any, inclination to represent “Adam and Eve” couples who are equal in their emanation of power.

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