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Articles by Ryan Walsh

  Reversible is the fifth title to appear in ArtsEmerson’s seasons from The 7 Fingers (or, Les 7 doigts, as they are known in their home city of Montreal). We always look forward to their return. This is a collaboration that fully expresses the mission and vision of ArtsEmerson. We imagine a thriving world, powered by empathy, ignited by art. We aim to contribute to the emergence of that vision by putting the world on…

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Reversible is a show about family, generations and the movement of time. With every 7 Fingers show there is an animating question or idea around which its directors build the evening. In this case, director Gypsy Snider asked her young company to interview their own grandparents, collecting stories about their lives at the age the performers were now. What shaped them? What haunted them? What brought them joy? My grandparents are long gone. And now…

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One of my all time favorite vocal performances is Luther Vandross’s version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic “A House is not a Home.” I know. That dates me. But if you haven’t ever seen it, do yourself a favor and watch him as he serenades a delighted Dionne Warwick during the NAACP Image Awards. The energy moving between the crooner on stage and the diva in the audience is so beautiful, true, and filled with joy that it looks…

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To create Reversible — the 7 Fingers’ director Gypsy Snider asked her young cast of millennials to connect with their past in order to better answer the question — WHO ARE YOU? She was challenging them to move beyond the persona they present on social media. We loved that idea so much that we asked the millennials we work with to go beyond what’s presented on their Instagram account. We asked eight Millennials to debunk common myths about their generation and give us insight and perspectives on what it’s like to grow up in the digital age. While…

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My dreams of running away with the circus finally came true…well, at least for an afternoon. I walked into Aircraft Aerial Arts, unfamiliar with how to perform anything remotely circus and walked out feeling extremely hopeful, energized and very, very sore. I’ve always wondered how Circus acrobats hone their strength and agility to perform those breathtaking acts, how they make something impossible seem very easy. Now I know, and my level of respect for their…

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