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Tales from Ovid

ArtsEmerson is proud to bring a variety of shows to our stages–in the past nine seasons, we have seen dance shows like Step Afrika’s The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, multimedia performances like Cold Blood and Ada/Ava, music theater like Octavia E. Butler’s The Parable of the Sower and The Magic Flute, and of course, circus acts like The 7 Fingers’ Reversible. Next week, ArtsEmerson will welcome renowned interdisciplinary artist Raphaëlle Boitel to the Cutler…

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Co-written with Lisa Rowe-Beddoe. When I sat in on my first rehearsal for Whistler in the Dark’s remount of Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, I immediately noticed the text to be deeply imagistic, bursting from start to finish with sharp language describing the fundamental qualities of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Constellations form in mid-air; actors dangle from icy-blue silks in the playing space. In one of the first myths, characters Callisto and Arcas find…

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Dan Robert, Emerson College BA Theatre Studies Acting major ’13 and Creative Producer in Training for ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, sat down for a chat with Aimee Rose Ranger, dynamic Emerson alumna ’07. Aimee Rose is a local fringe actress and storyteller with an emphasis on devised, clown and solo work. She returns to Emerson performing with the Whistler in the Dark ensemble in Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid. Check out a slice of…

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Boston’s Whistler in the Dark Theatre Company premiered Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid a year ago in a small, quirky venue for fringe productions. As they begin re-rehearsing it for ArtsEmerson in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, to what extent are they “brushing up” the already-made production and to what extent are they making a new piece? Director Meg Taintor doesn’t see this as a chance to create a new production, but instead as an opportunity…

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Meg Taintor, director of Whistler in the Dark’s Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, is a different kind of artistic leader. Having had the privilege of observing the rehearsal process (a privilege that Taintor made available to all Emerson College students), it was exhilarating to witness different style of rehearsal process for a different style of show.  As director of the Whistler ensemble, she must encourage creativity, keep lines of communication open, and lead a collaborative process in which actors perform…

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