Great coverage for QDF Member Dane Stewart’s show (get your tickets! It’s the last weekend!) The History of Sexuality playing at MainLine Theatre. Compare Dane’s approach to his subjects to Colleen Murphy’s (article below). This article really illustrates the respect and fondness Dane has for his collaborators on the piece, and how important they were to the process, going back and forth to make sure no one is misrepresented.
I’ve written about The Breathing Hole here in pretty positive terms, I believe Indigenous art and art about Indigenous people needs to be examined, but I think the end of this piece by playwright Colleen Murphy needs to be examined critically. Read the last paragraphs very carefully. There’s always more work to be done, and I hope this piece makes playwrights wanting to work with other cultures give pause, and really consider at what point the research needs to go beyond your own assumptions. (via HowlRound)
Love this piece about The Humans and The Aliens, two shows that are on the forefront of ‘american supernaturalism’ – a genre I can definitely vibe with. It sound like the theatre equivalent to what I love about certain American painters (Hopper and Wyeth come to mind) – thrilling, chilling, the future figures prominently, the people are sparse, and it’s all very, very scary. LOVE IT! (via the Globe and Mail)
Love this story in the New York Times. Here we have an originally working class theatre company who’s artists and staff are resisting new artistic director Chris Decron, formerly of Tate Modern. This is class struggle! The Volksbuhne is meant to be an avant garde political theatre and the artists, staff, and some audience members feel the appoitnment of Decron is a move to sanitise the theatre. His solution? Call upon the state to enforce his will! Classic bourgeoisie move. Doch Kunst! (via NY Times)
Lots of people freaking out about these appointments over at the BBC. But… Do they maybe have a point? I saw a good take on this that illustrated that if artists don’t want to change anything about the experience… are we doing our jobs? If the three best qualified presenters for the BBC rarely go see theatre because the plays are long and boring and the seats are uncomfortable, is that really too much complaining? Can we maybe put together a measured response instead of digging our heels in to staunchly defend traditions that are barely 100 years old? (via The Telegraph)