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David Dower

A still from Plata Quemada of a man standing behind a see through screen with a black and white projection

There was a moment, in the first week of my junior year of high school, that is the origin story for my life in theatre. It was a small moment, in the scheme of things, but it involved a fork in the road for my self-narrative and I can still replay it in my head, every last detail of it down to the smells and the chill on the night air. An epiphany is a…

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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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A note from Artistic Director, David Dower, and Executive Director, David C. Howse: Passengers (SEP 25-OCT 3) marks the seventh time The 7 Fingers have appeared in our season. Contemporary circus, in fact, has been presented in eight of our ten seasons and is a cornerstone of our programming. ArtsEmerson is one of the leading presenters of the form in the country, and one of the only presenters where these performances have multi-week runs. Why…

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Those of you who have become regulars around here will recognize /peh-LO-tah/ and See You Yesterday as prime examples of what we offer to Boston. From the outset we have aimed to bring revelatory and relevant stories from around the world that connect audiences to the diverse cultures that make up this vibrant city. If you are new to us, ArtsEmerson aims to present programs that help you explore the world, and discover your own,…

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“White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.” -Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility Remember…

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