Archive for June, 2008

Arts Presenters: Paola Prestini

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Paola PrestiniPaola Prestini is the director and founder of the interdisciplinary performing collective, VisionIntoArt (VIA). Her work has been performed all over the world, and she has received numerous awards, including a PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She has led workshops for the American Symphony Orchestra League and the American Music Center.

In this podcast Paola talks about the art of collaboration, creating spaces for art in our education system and our lives, and how technology facilitates the artistic process.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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When You are Smiling

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Tragedy is easy, comedy is hard.

The old adage about acting holds true across the arts: It is easy to be intense and serious; it is hard to make an audience smile and laugh.

So, when there is a chance to find a little laughter, and especially to laugh at ourselves, we need to embrace the moment. Art can be a divine inspiration; laughter a divine gift.

Recently, we brought you the greatest Disco teaching video ever made.

Now, another look back at how far we have come in our dance steps. There’s nothing like old-fashioned choreography to make us laugh — and to provide a humbling context for our own current hipness.

“I Wanna Love You Tender” inaugurates a new KadmusArts series:

We are looking for the best dance, music, and theatre videos that — intentionally or not — bring a genuine smile to our too-often disingenuous world of politicians and poseurs.

Let us know what you find — or create. Send us links to the videos.

After all, When You are Smiling…

- Bill Reichblum

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Interview: Jorge Higa and Ricardo Ka (English Translation)

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Jorge Higa and Ricardo KaThe Okinawan Center in Argentina (COA) was founded in 1952, and its mission is to promote and spread the culture and customs of Okinawa, both to Okinawans and their descendants living in Argentina, as well as to the community in general. In 2008 the COA celebrates the 100th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Argentina with multiple activities and events.

Jorge Higa is the coordinator of Uchina Bunkasai — a festival of Okinawan culture that will take place from June 27 to July 13 — and Ricardo Ka is the treasurer of the center, and is in charge of lectures and seminars on Okinawan history. They talked with KadmusArts about how Okinawa became what it is today, the first immigrants who came to Argentina, festival activities for June and July, and the crucial role of the Center in recovering and keeping alive Okinawa’s art, language, and customs.

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Interview: Jorge Higa and Ricardo Ka (In Spanish)

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Jorge Higa and Ricardo KaEl Centro Okinawense en la Argentina (COA) fue fundado en 1952, y su misión es promover y difundir la cultura y las costumbres de Okinawa, tanto entre los okinawenses o descendientes que viven en la Argentina como en la comunidad en general. En el año 2008 el COA festeja el centenario de la inmigración okinawense en la Argentina con varias actividades y eventos.

Jorge Higa es coordinador de Uchina Bunkasai, un festival de cultura Okinawense que se llevará a cabo del 27 de junio al 13 de julio, y Ricardo Ka es tesorero del centro y da clases y seminarios de historia de Okinawa. Ambos hablaron con KadmusArts sobre cómo Okinawa llegó a ser lo que es hoy, los primeros inmigrantes que llegaron a la Argentina, las actividades del festival para junio y julio, y el importante rol que cumple el Centro para recuperar y mantener vivos el arte, el idioma y las costumbres de Okinawa.

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Hero of the Week

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Photo by Alexandre Baron — Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

“Eyes, ears, and mind w i d e open.”

This was the perfect response from Mensah to the post of the podcast with Baraka Sele.

Sele, who is a presenter with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and curator of the center’s World Festival, is a “hero of the week” for reminding us why we create, participate in and support artistic life.

If you ever wondered about the motivation for a presenter, take a moment to listen to Sele. The daily workflow, the negotiations, the travels, and the decisions are all powered by a fundamental worldview: curiosity.

As the North American and European summer festival season kicks into high gear, it is a good time to step back and take note of why festival audience numbers keep rising: curiosity. To be alive, and engaged, is to wonder what the world holds — literally, the sights and sounds of creation.

It is not just the audience numbers that are growing. While other industries have suffered contractions and decline, the selections available for new performances, new music, and new art works keep increasing, as well.

Unlike other businesses, technology has not diminished the production of artist works. Technology has increased the access and connection to art, from one’s own neighborhood to the global community.

Curiosity is a growth business.

Sele’s current favorite festival? The Fes World Sacred Music Festival. Coming up on their fifteenth anniversary, with the theme of Les Voies de la Création (the ways of creation), Fes is an incredible meeting of arts, audiences, and cultures. Or, as Sele puts it: “What the world looked like when God walked on it.”

That’s a pretty good description of what is possible in the festival world, and a world of curiosity.

- Bill Reichblum

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