notes dec 24 2007

December 24, 2007 § Leave a comment

BaryshnikovMikhail Baryshnikov – Samuel Beckett – Theater – New York Times

I travel a lot in Europe; there is so much interesting theater that has never been in New York,” he said. New York is “always a very desirable destination,” he added, but being a success in the city is by “no means anymore a test of excellence.”

The political fallout from the unpopularity of America’s war in Iraq and other policies could be responsible, he said. “Maybe it also spills into art,” he said. “They don’t care even what Americans think anymore, especially in Central Europe, and elsewhere too.”

“They would rather go to see a festival in Paris, Madrid or Barcelona,” he said, because government subsidies of the arts in other countries also mean a greater chance of finding something “much more daring,” and “truly unusual.”


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