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CULTURE KLATCH | Indonesian government focuses on the nexus of culture and sustainable development in Bali forum

CULTURE KLATCH | Indonesian government focuses on the nexus of culture and sustainable development in Bali forum

Everyone knows that by investing in the arts and incorporating arts and culture into their economic development plans, counties can reap numerous benefits — economic, social, civic, and cultural—that help generate a more stable, creative workforce; new tourism; and more livable communities. But as long as cultural sustainability is framed in terms of promotion, national image, tourism and economic advantage alone, there will never be a true paradigm shift. Continue reading

FESTIVAL WATCH | Documentary theater seeks social change via international “Theater of the Voiceless”

FESTIVAL WATCH | Documentary theater seeks social change via international “Theater of the Voiceless”

To track this creative upswing, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe-Institut Washington, Embassy of Switzerland and Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics have launched “Theater of the Voiceless,” an international symposium and festival on documentary theater that runs June 16 to June 19 at various venues in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

NATIVE AMERICAN REPORT | Spirits of buffalo, caribou, eagle dance and pow-wow for Thunderbird’s 50th anniversary

NATIVE AMERICAN REPORT | Spirits of buffalo, caribou, eagle dance and pow-wow for Thunderbird’s 50th anniversary

Highlights will include Storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Michael Taylor (Choctaw), a Caribou Dance (from the Inuit people of Alaska), a Buffalo Dance (from the Hopi people), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance Continue reading

Deadline for proposals for Native American artists’ fellowship program set for June 21

Deadline for proposals for Native American artists’ fellowship program set for June 21

The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures in the United States, is accepting applications for its 2013 Artist Fellowships. Through the fellowship program, the foundation seeks to foster the creativity of Indigenous artists, allowing the opportunity for study, reflection, experimentation, … Continue reading

Shantigar, a performing-arts retreat and center, to hold workshops in rural western Massachusetts setting

Shantigar, a performing-arts retreat and center, to hold workshops in rural western Massachusetts setting

NEW YORK; LOS ANGELES; and ROWE, MASS: “Acting.” “Being.” “Meditation.” “Awakening vision.” “Radiant health.” “Retreat.” These words and ideas leap out when one speaks of Shantigar, the educational foundation and performing-arts retreat founded by the playwright Jean Claude van Itallie in an old Davenport farm on a mountainside in Western Massachusetts near Vermont. One of … Continue reading

Essay on the state of U.S. theater in “World of Theatre” published in Bangladesh and Paris, with book launch in China

Essay on the state of U.S. theater in “World of Theatre” published in Bangladesh and Paris, with book launch in China

XIAMEN, CHINA and PARIS, FRANCE:  The International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organization for the performing arts – is holding its 33rd world congress at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre in Xiamen, China, from Sept. 19 to 24, 2011.  Held under the auspices of UNESCO, the congress will have a strong … Continue reading

Movie Review:  Theatre Svoboda, a documentary film by Jakub Hejna

Movie Review: Theatre Svoboda, a documentary film by Jakub Hejna

THEATRE SVOBODA (DIVADLO SVOBODA) Czech Republic, 2011 98 Min, Color DIRECTOR: Jakub Hejna PRODUCER: Jiří Konečný SCREENPLAY: Jakub Hejna, Barbora Příhodová DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Jiří Chod CAST Josef Svoboda EDITOR Jakub Hejna MUSIC Anthony Phillips The most riveting scene of Theatre Svoboda — the feature-length documentary film about the famous Czech scenographer Josef Svoboda — takes place … Continue reading