The Buzz, 10-3: Open Art Surgery
Artists Preserve Democracy; Arabs not Welcome; Chan to Arts Presenters;
Get Found!; Get 'Luminate'd
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2002 The Dance Insider
PARIS, BRUSSELS, NEW
YORK and WASHINGTON -- From Flanders, Jan Lauwers, director of needcompany,
"The German intendant
of the Venice Film Festival said he wanted the festival to get away
from its intellectual artistic image. In her speech at the opening
of the Theatre Festival, Amsterdam's alderwoman for culture said
that the distinction between professional and amateur theatre should
be abandoned. In the proposal for the renewal of the arts act in
Flanders, a great deal of importance is attached to public participation
in the artist's creative process. All this is to save democracy.
Let's just substitute the phrase open-heart surgery for the word
art. And let's all participate in an operation and tell the surgeon
how to make his cuts. Bet you the patient dies.
"Apart from that, everything's
fine at Needcompany. We are deriving great pleasure from working
on Grace Ellen Barkey's new piece, '(AND).' 'Goldfish Game' won
the Kinematrix Prize at Venice and will be making a passing appearance
at the Film Festival in Ghent. We shall soon be opening up our hearts
in a new Needlab at STUK in Leuven. We shall be pleased to demonstrate
there, multi-disciplinary omnivores as we are, that we question
just about everything and thereby preserve democracy from its downfall.
And we would like to see you participating!
"P.S. We have decided
not to do any more art for everyone, only for you!"
"And" premieres in Amsterdam
October 26, and receives its U.S. premiere November 20 at The Kitchen.
"Goldfish Game" is the newish movie from needcompany. And we'll
have more on the Needlab later.
....Speaking of participatory
democracy, Gabri Christa of DanzAisa would like to invite you --
yes YOU, New York dance insider -- to the Not in Our Name rally
this Sunday in Central Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. Writes Gabri: "At
3 p.m. we will assemble in a circle to form a gigantic image of
the world. Then, as one, we will take the Not in Our Name Pledge
of Resistance. October 6 is the day before U.S. bombs started falling
on Afghanistan one year ago. Not in Our Name -- War on the World
-- No War on Iraq! Not in Our Name -- Detentions and Roundups of
Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants. Not in Our Name -- Detentions
and Roundups of Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants. Not in
Our Name -- Police State Restrictions. Artists are needed for every
aspect of this event. Call 212-969-8058. Rally is at East Meadow,
Central Park. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 96th Street." For more details,
Gabri adds, please go to this web site.
Do I or does The Dance
Insider necessarily endorse this event ? No. I'm sharing the announcement
because it comes from a dancer, and giving a voice to dancers is
part of The Dance Insider's mission. If you have a like or contrary
opinion, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and, as long as
it's legible and coherent, we'll print it. Be nice.
There is at least one
new "anti-terror" law which will have a direct impact on dance artists,
presenters, and audiences in the US: Starting this week, all visitors
to the US from most Arab countries and Pakistan will be photographed,
finger-printed, and interrogated on entering the U.S. Think this
will deter artists from these countries from touring to the U.S.?
Dance insider, it's already happening. Think this reduced exposure
to the POSITIVE fruits of these cultures will increase the potency
of negative stereotypes of Arabs -- including U.S. citizens? Right
....Speaking of the news from Washington, D.C., not all of it is
bad: Dance insider Kim Chan, erstwhile director of programming at
the Washington Performing Arts Society, has left that leading D.C.
presenter to become vice president of Arts Presenters. Kim will
be responsible for directing the development, management and implementation
of all programs, including education, grant-making, publications,
conference and government affairs activities. She'll also work with
the organization's president, Sandra Gibson, to, she says, "identify
and shape Arts Presenters' response to current issues, needs, and
practices in the environment for the performing arts and presenting
fields nationally." Bon chance, Bon courage, and, of course, merde,
....Speaking of presenters, how do you, dance company director insider,
expect them to find you if you're not listed on the Dance Insider
Online Directory?! It's cheap, it's large, and it's the only way
to make sure dance presenters, dance students, dance media, and
foundations know where to find you. Next updates go online October
15. Extended deadline for new submissions is FRIDAY. To be added
to the list, e-mail me for details at email@example.com. To see the DIOD,
please click here.
.... Et en fin, if you're reading this in NYC and would like to
see what will, at the least, be some light-infused dancing, catch
Eun Jung Gonzalez and Catey Ott tomorrow and Saturday at WAX, in
"Luminate." I have no idea what the choreography is like, but dance
insiders in the Apple have long admired the spirited dancing of
Mlles Ott and Gonzalez with the companies of Sean Curran, Heidi
Latsky and others. Curtain rises at 8 p.m. both nights; more info
at 718-599-7997. Go 'dere!