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The World On Stage

David Dower, ArtsEmerson’s Director of Artistic Programs, chats with Whistler in the Dark’s Artistic Director Meg Taintor and Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid’s aerial silks consultant Jill Maio about the breathtaking silks work in the production (also directed by Meg). Hear how the idea to use silks came up, how the show has evolved from its premiere two years ago at the Factory Theater and why these aerial elements complement the myths. And don’t forget…

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  Head of a Woman with Horns of a Ram by Jean Leon Gerome, 1873 “My mind leads me to speak now of forms changed into new bodies: O gods above, inspire this undertaking (which you’ve changed as well) and guide my poem in its epic sweep from the world’s beginning to the present day.” –Metamorphoses by Ovid, translated by Charles Martin Turning the pages of Ovid’s Metamorphoses is one of the more challenging (but…

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By Andrea Gordillo Lisa Jura, age 17 We don’t often see our artists actively utilizing their talents in a direct, practical manner for social advocacy. Of course art has, by its nature, an impact on people’s lives and a voice in social and political commentary, but it is quite another thing to consciously use art to directly change something about the world and the people in it. This is exactly what Mona Golabek, internationally acclaimed pianist,…

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by Elizabeth Pashley Whistler in the Dark’s  production of Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid features several myths from Ovid’s classic Metamorphoses, as translated by Ted Hughes. It includes the tale of Pygmalion, which is about a sculptor who falls in love with his own statue. Surrounded by cruel, wicked women, Pygmalion shuns all female interactions from his life and lives instead in solitary confinement. Yet one day he dreams of the perfect woman and decides to carve her figure…

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FILMS My Fair Lady (1964) This classic musical has its roots in one of Ovid’s best known tales from the Metamorphoses: that of Pygmalion.  In the tale, an artist falls in love with the statue he is carving and it comes to life. George Bernard Shaw famously turned this into a stage version (musically adapted here) in which a professor takes in an unpolished girl and trains her in order to make her presentable to society….

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