Arts and Literature

Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

The rhythmic hip-hop-like chants of protest exploded just as the final curtain came down on the flower-laden ballet dancers and the musicians who had performed with them.

“Beauty and the Beast:” A Tale of Entrepreneurship and Community

     Synetic Theater has another hit on its hands with its new production of Beauty and the Beast.  “It gives you goosebumps,” writes the website Broadway World; “A lush, almost feverish theatrical experience, impressive to see and satisfying,” gushes Talkin’ Broadway blog; “fresh and frightening,” declares the Washington City Paper; and “graphically clever” as well as “bewitchingly ideal conveyance,” notes the doyen of Washington critics Peter Marks in the Washington Post.  

Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

The rhythmic hip-hop-like chants of protest exploded just as the final curtain came down on the flower-laden ballet dancers and the musicians who had performed with them. Within seconds, the bright lights of TV crews who had forced their way into the orchestra seats overwhelmed as-yet dim house lights when suddenly – as if on a cue from a cameraman – four white banners poured out of the fourth balcony enveloping the hall below. To ever louder chants of “Handba! Handba! Handba!” (“Shame! Shame!

Kennan Cable No.3: Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

The rhythmic hip-hop-like chants of protest exploded just as the final curtain came down on the flower-laden ballet dancers and the musicians who had performed with them. Within seconds, the bright lights of TV crews who had forced their way into the orchestra seats overwhelmed as-yet dim house lights when suddenly – as if on a cue from a cameraman – four white banners poured out of the fourth balcony enveloping the hall below. To ever louder chants of “Handba! Handba! Handba!” (“Shame! Shame!

Making Community Work: the Importance of the Performing Arts

More than two decades ago, in 1993, Harvard Government Professor Robert Putnam published his now classic study Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy.  Trying to answer the question why northern Italian cities developed vibrant civic traditions which came to support the growth of democratic institutions and southern Italian cities did not, Putnam was surprised to find a strong correlation between civic health and choral societies.  Putnam masterfully argued that choral societies emerged fro

War from the Victims’ Perspective: Photographs by Jean Mohr Exhibit

The Wilson Center will be hosting an exhibit from November 21, 2014 to February 6, 2015 consisting of a collection of photographs by acclaimed Swiss photographer Jean Mohr and is entitled, “War from the Victims’ Perspective”.

“A Sort of Chautauqua”

Kennan Institute/Harriman Institute Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series

Film Screening: "The Winter that Changed Us: The First Death"

The First Death is a short documentary film by Ukrainian independent film project Babylon'13, which details the Maidan movement's first casualty, Serhiy Nigoyan, who died on January 22nd, 2014 from gunshot wounds. Through interviews and live coverage of the events, the film makes the case that the deaths of Nigoyan and other protesters served as the catalyst that turned the movement from a demonstration into a revolution.

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Performance and Power from Kabuki to Go Go

Just eight years after establishing a powerful military regime that would last 26 decades, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu became so disturbed by a troupe of itinerate actors that he expelled them from his Suruga military base.  The group performed in a popular new style known as “kabuki.” To critical observers such as Ieyasu and his coterie of military strong-men, kabuki dancing consisted of women of ill-repute showing themselves off to potential customers.  While an overly simplistic characterization, early kabuki performance seemed to many to be primarily about sell

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