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  • mjmacmtenor: Like She Loves Me and Gooch, but LIli is supposed to be a child/woman of teenage years. How about Kate in Kiss Me Kate or... 10:09 PM
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  • Satisfied: Absolutely thrilling Gotterdämmerung with an immolation scene I will cherish forever! While I didn’t so much care for the... 5:32 PM
  • NPW-Paris: “Images of polluting smokestacks and denuded landscapes play over the scene transition projections, turning every... 5:32 PM
  • Sheldon: Alex–Thanks for a wonderful review, with which I agree 100%. I attended the third cycle with the same sense of potential... 5:24 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thank you once again, Alex, for your marvelous writing about this cycle. It has been a pleasure throughout the month. 5:17 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Passion is an interesting beast- haven’t heard anyone on broadway saying ‘Let’s get a revival of... 4:20 PM

Glass, Gandhi, Occupy: Action

As suggested in Part I of this piece, to experience Glass’s Satyagraha as a purely aesthetic experience is unfortunately to succumb to a romantic ideology promoting detached reflection on art which is wholly inapplicable to such a politically-charged opera. The idea that Gandhi’s action-oriented philosophy would be packaged and sold for the sake of passive introspection would have bothered him deeply. Read more »

Glass, Gandhi, Occupy: Performance

That Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi’s nonviolent civil disobedience should be revived by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011—a year marked by nonviolent revolutions and uprisings around the globe—is timely, to say the least. The most recent production of his Satyagraha (1979) was first premiered by the Met in the spring of 2008 as America stood on the precipice of the most devastating economic crisis in three-quarters of a century. Read more »

Truth, force

Critic Ann Binlot draws some perhaps rather obvious parallels between Satyagraha and the Occupy Wall Street movement in a brief feature on ARTINFO.