Sunday, June 11, 2017

ALMA, Refugia, Intent and Impact: A Discussion Round-up

It's been an exciting week in Twin Cities Theater with much discussion about representation, access, inclusion, intent and impact. Check out our round-up below!

First up, "Artists of Today Intersecting Systems from Yesterday" a fantastic discussion by the Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists at Mixed Blood Theatre Company.

The panel discussion included:

Moderator: Kurt Kwan (Artistic Associate, Pillsbury House Theatre)
Hector Chavarria (Freelance Artist & Writer)
Jamie Grant (President and CEO, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts)
H. Adam Harris (Professional Actor and Teaching Artist, Penumbra Theatre)
Michelle Hensley (Artistic Director, Ten Thousand Things)
Raúl Ramos (Resident Artist, Mixed Blood Theatre)
Beliza Torres Narvaez (Associate Theatre Professor, Augsburg College) 

Check out a short video with some highlights, and an audio recording of the event. 

Then, the Guthrie Theater hosted a discussion with us, The Twin Cities Theater Bloggers, about and with The Moving Company regarding questions of representation in their production Refugia. No recordings available, but here are a few summaries of the event:

Jay Gabler at City Pages Minneapolis wrote a lovely, fair and even-handed account of the discussion.

The Star Tribune rightly calls the discussion: "Tense and awkward."

Our own TCTB Compendium - Minneapolis asks "Where do we go from here?"

If you've not read Kory LaQuess Pullam's review of Refugia in Minnesota Playlist, you definitely must do so.

Please stay tuned! Such exciting discussions are happening in Twin Cities Theater, and we want to keep the momentum going. We've got some plans in the works, and we'll be keeping you updated. Our thanks to everyone who is doing this "uncomfortable dance" together (tm Marcella Lorca at ALMA discussion).