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Race and Equity

I am of an age that the name Robert Mapplethorpe sets off a visceral reaction in me. I was coming of age as an artist, an activist, a husband, and a father in San Francisco in 1989 when Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment tour erupted into a controversy so heated it threatened the very existence of the National Endowment for the Arts. I was not aware at the time of Boston’s place in that story. Not…

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is a monumental performance, celebrating the creative forces of Bryce Dessner, korde arrington tuttle, Patti Smith, Essex Hemphill, and Roomful of Teeth — just to name a few of the incredible collaborators involved. Rather than a traditionally structured retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe’s iconic photography, Triptych is able to raise up important questions of race, queerness, and artistic license while honoring Mapplethorpe’s earth-shattering approach to the art form. In a…

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is a multi-disciplinary dive into the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, inviting audiences to experience his controversial work from fresh new perspectives. The piece meditates on these images by using other mediums to react to them—music, poetry, choral work, and performers on stage. In a conversation with librettist korde arlington tuttle, it became clear that while this production certainly focuses on Mapplethorpe’s photography, it primarily serves as a prompt…

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Tonight, we open our 10th Anniversary Season with The 7 Fingers’ Passengers (SEP 25-OCT 13) and we are thrilled to welcome so many friendly faces back into the ArtsEmerson venues, but also greet new artists and collaborations. This season is a momentous for the anniversary of course, but it is equally exciting to continue deepening our work both here in Boston and with our communities internationally. As Artistic Director David Dower stated in the Boston…

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We all are familiar with titles like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, and even The Magic Flute. While we might not be able to recite the plot word for word, these are at least productions we’ve heard of throughout our lives. Penned by the likes of Shakespeare and Mozart, these canonical works are landmarks for theatre history and remain pinnacle productions today. Isango Ensemble has continued the tradition of these great works, but with new…

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