August 15, 2013
In the next week or so the uber-talented Linn Farley will be helping me muck about with my website so we can do more stuff with it. Expect changes – maybe not big, but still – change is afoot, just in time for the new school year!
Love this graphic – thanks Laura E. Kelly (@LectriceUSA)!
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August 14, 2013
From a great blog post from MP
“Why is this live?
That’s the question that Jordan Roth asked during the first TedxBroadway and I swear the question has haunted me ever since.
For those of us that work in the live entertainment/art world that is the cornerstone question. Why is this particular experience worthy of the cost, time, energy and just plain hassle that comes with making it happen live? read more
Tonight I was at a Summerworks show, was at one last night too. Why do we do this, go to places with lots of stairs and folding chairs, with plastic drink cups and isn’t “temperature controlled for our comfort”?
Because it is here and it is now and maybe you go with friends or go alone and find friends. But we are all there, and all there for a reason – and it’s happening in front of us and those on the stage and in the wings are there too and it’s happening for them too and we’re all in it together.
And that’s why – it’s a communal experience. It will never be the same again. Sure there are X more performances, and you might go again, or a friend of yours might see it next week – but it will never be the same again. This was your live experience.
Go or you’ll miss it.
August 8, 2013
“From eight to eighty-eight!”
“Everyone should see this show. Its themes are universal.”
“Everyone will find something to love about this work.”
“Fun for the whole family!”
“This work is so important. Community X has to come, it speaks to them.”
“Everyone” is not a target market. “Everyone” is not a demographic. Fun for the whole family rarely is. When I worked at TO TIX I once told a family of four that Mom, Dad and the younger sibling should go ahead to Medieval Times, and leave the 15-year-old in the hotel room to watch movies. It was a satisfactory compromise to all.
Cultural background does not translate to enjoyment of art, and does not automatically lead to engagement with your company. (If it did I would live on a steady theatre diet of Tremblay and Shakespeare, with some Group of Seven thrown in for good measure.)
Who loves you for who you are and what you do? Who will come because of what you do, how you do it and that you’ve consistently done this for and with them X number of times?
Who do you work with who become your people, and therefore their people become yours as well?
Who believes in the work? Who believes in you? And where do those two beliefs cross over?
August 6, 2013
Couple of interesting articles in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago – the first a declaration of what to do:
Should Detroit Sell Its Art?
The fiscal apocalypse that is Detroit has spun off a collateral storm in the art world with a suggestion that salvific funds—an estimate of two billion dollars is much bandied—could be raised by selling treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of America’s best encyclopedic museums. Having been asked my opinion as an art-lover—and, incidentally, a citizen, though not of Detroit—I have two answers. Here’s the short one: sell. The long one, which follows, ends in the same place, only garlanded with regrets. read more
And a follow-up piece in which the author retracts: I take back my endorsement, in an earlier post, of the idea that the city of Detroit should ease its financial crisis by selling art works from the collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. I also apologize to the many whom my words pained. read more
It’s an interesting thing to think about – of course I say interesting because I only have to think about it, not do anything about it. Not a position I ever hope we’d be in. It feels to me like the idea of having a garage sale to pay off your student loan: afterwards you still have a massive debt that you’ve barely touched, and nothing left of value.
Across the world, a company near and dear to me has triumphed again – such love and congratulations to Opera Atelier. If you know the opera world – this is HUGE.
Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Zingg invited to La Scala after Salzburg triumph
And this video has been making the rounds – if you ever need a reminder about balance and focus, watch this. Incredible.