Archive for March, 2012

WTD 2012: Being John Malkovich for the World

Monday, March 26th, 2012

John Malkovich

This year, World Theatre Day’s international message is from one of the world’s great actors: John Malkovich.

WTD, started by UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute (ITI), is an annual international event held on March 27 to celebrate theatre’s connection to our lives and our dreams. The day marks the 1962 anniversary of the “Theatre of Nations” festival in Paris. Theatre of Nations began one of modern time’s most significant traditions in the arts: the opportunity for artists across cultures and nations (and iron curtains) to meet, perform, and share their visions of the world with international audiences.

Each year, one artist is chosen to present the WTD’s International Message, which is disseminated from cultural outlets and read from stages all over the world.

Here is John Malkovich’s message:

I’m honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day.
I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades.
May your work be compelling and original.
May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique.
May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace.
May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do.
May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work.
And may the best of you - for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments - succeed in framing that most basic of questions, “how do we live?”
Godspeed.

This year, maybe we should all try to be John Malkovich.

- Bill Reichblum

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On the Genesis of Power & Creativity

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Bruce Springsteen

Original Photo by Charlie Llewellin — Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

Every now and again, one is reminded of rock ‘n roll’s power to capture and transform our lives.

This past week, Bruce Springsteen delivered the keynote speech at the SXSW Music festival. SXSW, which hosts 2,000 bands in 92 Austin clubs, is one of music’s destination festivals. (One feature of this year’s festival was a focus on global music. Be sure to watch the interactive video conversation with a few of the global music masters talking about their work, their reach, and globalFEST in New York.)

Springsteen showed why he deserves the title “the boss.” That is if you think of bosses as being so open, so honest, and so inspirational. Springsteen turns the significant artists and songs in his life into pure poetry. Among so many points that cross all the arts, Springsteen stressed that no matter the style or the genre, it’s about authentic creation.

His speech was as illuminating for those of us who are fans as it was for those who are working to be the next generation of musicians for our lives.

Open your ears and open your hearts. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have unclad confidence, but doubt. It keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town — and you suck! It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideals alive and well inside of your heart and head at all times. If it doesn’t drive you crazy, it will make you strong… stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive. And when you walk on stage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have — and then remember it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.”

Watch and listen to Springsteen talk about the power of rock ‘n roll and genesis of creativity. No matter if you know how to play or just like to sing along, I defy you not to be inspired.

Springsteen SXSW Keynote

And, if you want a Springsteen retrospective, check out the KadmusArts Springsteen playlist!

- Bill Reichblum

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KadmusArts Live on Spreecast

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Here’s a great way to kick off SXSW, expand the reach of global music creators and presenters, and realize new possibilities to connect audiences to the arts.

KadmusArts, in partnership with Spreecast, hosts an online event to talk about global music and the upcoming showcase at SXSW with Dmitri Vietze, veteran global music expert, Shanta Thake, a globalFEST co-producer and director of Joe’s Pub, and Olivier Conan of Chicha Libre, the psychedelic surf cumbia band.

Watch live on Monday, 5 March at 11:00 am EST; or, catch the recorded broadcast any time after.

And, of course, if you are at SXSW, don’t miss Chicha Libre and all the great music acts live on stage!

- Bill Reichblum

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