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  • Ruxxy: I suspect the public face would say the same thing. A white Otello is as ridiculous as a one legged Tarzan. It’s just a pity... 12:57 AM
  • antikitschychick: steveac10 asks: “If a work of art offends some because of attitudes it portrays that were accepted at the time of... 12:53 AM
  • m. croche: Aiyo, I botched the nesting. This was in response to Steveac above. 12:51 AM
  • m. croche: Does a work like the Mikado offend the people portrayed, or people who think the people portrayed are offended by it and... 12:49 AM
  • antikitschychick: Just read your review NPW. It was highly entertaining yet thorough and concise. Thanks for sharing it. I hadn’t... 12:14 AM
  • oldmanriver: I am so dense. I realized the relationship between the end of Falstaff and 8 1/2. 11:47 PM
  • steveac10: This whole exchange raises the conflicted feelings I have on these issues. On the one hand we have to be sensitive to peoples... 11:17 PM
  • RudigerVT: You can be warm and friendly toward employees. But they aren’t your friends. Friends don’t pay to spend time with... 9:22 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.