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Articles by Blair Nodelman

With The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence‘s Boston run approaching quickly, dance is on the forefront of everyone’s mind here at ArtsEmerson, especially all the different styles of the art form that appear in Step Afrika’s! thrilling production. Because The Migration incorporates a variety of these disciplines, we’ve created a crash course to get you up to speed on three of the most prevalent dance-styles you’ll marvel at when you attend this show. The South…

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The Great Migration was a exodus of around six million African Americans between 1915-1970 from the South to the North in an attempt to escape racist ideologies and practices, and to create new lives as American citizens. Dubbed one of the largest internal movements in the history of the United States, the Great Migration was driven by the duality of a post-slavery life in the U.S.: while no longer slaves, African Americans in the South…

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Making visible the invisible is a formidable task, and that’s what Claudia Rankine set to out to do when she wrote her new play, The White Card. The story aims to start a conversation about race focused on whiteness and its unseeable impact on the world. Rankine is one among an army of artists channeling their creative energy into artistic works that make the invisible apparent, bringing a new perspective to discussion of race in America. Here…

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Claudia Rankine’s The White Card poses the question “Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?” While the play analyzes and criticizes the way racism is pervasive in everyday culture, it also takes the time to look at visual art and how we interpret art as a medium of understanding. An influential, art-collecting couple invite Charlotte, an up- and-coming African-American artist, to dinner in the hopes of purchasing her work for their esteemed collection. The…

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  What’s your first memory of reading Hamlet? I would be willing to bet that for most people, it was struggling to understand Shakespeare’s stilted language in the context of an English class you didn’t really want to be in. Now that you’ll have the opportunity to revisit Hamlet through the dynamic and fast-paced staging of Bedlam Theatre Company at ArtsEmerson, it’s a perfect time to revisit Shakespeare’s “confusing” and “weirdly phrased” text and dive…

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