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This month marks ArtsEmerson’s first presentation of circus arts with PSY by Les 7 doigts de la main — one of the latest (and one of the saaviest) incarnations of circus troupes. Building on the grand tradition of death-defying acrobatics and theatrical clowning, Les 7 doigts also bring contemporary aesthetics into their work, exploring a theme (phobias and disorders) that explores the human psyche in the modern world and crafting a thrilling show, as much…

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The Brooklyn Way by Kristy Mandour Brooklyn. Whether you’ve been there or not, there is most likely at least one thought, “Fuhgeddaboudit” or idea, The Brooklyn Bridge, that pops into your mind when someone says: “Brooklyn.” Nowadays the richness of its core culture often seems overshadowed by talk of “the transplants.” You know what I’m talking about: the influx of “hipsters” that have taken over Williamsburg, the invasion of the “stroller mommies” in Park Slope,…

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Happy New Year to all of our ArtsEmerson charter members and to the many wonderful people who have attended our work these past few months and provided valuable advice and support. The second half of our first season opens next week with the CIVILIANS production of Atlantic Yards followed quickly by PSY from Montreal and our Irish Festival. I’m writing this in the midst of our second major snow storm of the season with the…

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I spent the past few days in Montreal at an international convening called CINARS. It’s in its 14th edition. This year’s main event included 27 productions from 13 countries as well as 50 CINARS PLUS projects (like a parallel “fringe” festival) totaling over 500 performances populated by 400 artists and a community of over 1,000 international presenters, producers, and representatives. I attended at the invitation of the festival, the Quebec delegation, and the government of…

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We just hosted a two week workshop of a piece about the “repurposing” of a 22 acre tract of land in Brooklyn. It’s called, IN THE FOOTPRINT:The Battle for Atlantic Yards. The company creating the work, THE CIVILIANS, will begin previews this Friday in New York and open to the press on November 22nd. They then return to Boston for a week of performances here beginning on January 19th. They gave an informal run-through in…

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