The Ailey dancers’ demands around salaries and the length of their contracts reflect the resurgent strength of organized labor in the cultural sector.
For the foreseeable, capitalist American future, full and equitable access to live, professional performing arts will depend on subsidy.
“I believe artists create a safe space for unsafe ideas in our world.”
Energizing, joyful, expert, close to sure-fire, Chasing Magic was a great choice to reopen A.R.T. after the long pandemic shutdown.
With great sightlines from every one of its 216 seats, the Doris Duke Theatre space made for intimate, often enthralling encounters with movement.
The shared baseline of these conversations is that there are no good old days to go back to. If the cultural sector in the United States returns to the ways things were organized in February, 2020, with all the inequity and unsustainability that implies, we will have failed.
In Burnt-Out Wife, Maine-based performance artist Sara Juli takes on the unarticulated rage lurking in a long-term marriage with a deft touch and the humor of a born stand-up comic.
Our eyes may be quarantined, but our minds are not.
How, frankly, could I help people engage with their inherent creative powers and feel just a little bit better?
As my second wave feminist companion said as we left the theater, “That was hilarious. And I am SO ANGRY.”