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Scheherazade in Baabda Gives Lebanon’s Female Inmates a Voice

by Aline Sara –Lebanon– Rarely does one consider prison a site for entertainment and performing arts. Last spring however, Zeina Daccache – a certified NADT drama […]

Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, Feature Articles, Human Rights, Middle East, The World, Theater & Dance

Imagine: A Conversation with OVO’s Artist Director Marjon Van Grunsven

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts and Culture Editor “What’s your dream?” she asks. I look at my friend Marjon across the table at the little café […]

Art, Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, Theater & Dance

India’s Women Find Empowerment in Exotic Dance

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Anyone who has ever sat through the frequent and painstakingly choreographed musical numbers in a Bollywood film can tell […]

Arts & Culture, Asia, Feature Articles, India, Sexuality, Theater & Dance, Women's Empowerment

Stripping Burlesque of Whiteness: Brown Girls Burlesque Take Center Stage

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Known for its bawdy sexual humor, over-the-top characters, and underlying social criticism, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales set the […]

Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, New York, Racism, Theater & Dance, United States, Women's Empowerment

Art for a Time of Crisis

by Nancy Van Ness – USA – In a heap on the studio floor as though they had collapsed under some disaster, fallen birds present a […]

Activism, Arts & Culture, Craftsmanship, Feature Articles, Politics & Democracy, Theater & Dance, United States

Broadway Corporations like Disney Make Millions as Stagehands Strike to Save Homes, Jobs

by Nancy Van Ness – USA – I cross 42nd Street and walk up Times Square. It is a cold, windy, rainy day but I had […]

Arts & Culture, Corporations, Feature Articles, Media, New York City, Strikes & Boycotts, Theater & Dance, United States

Artists Make Art Because They Must

by Nancy Van Ness – USA – Forty Years Ago – I was flying. The other dancers and I, in lines, executed jumps across the studio, […]

Artists, Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, Theater & Dance, United States

The Life or Slow Death of American Artists

by Nancy Van Ness – USA – As director of a performing ensemble, one of the joys of my life is to support other artists and […]

Artists, Arts & Culture, Children's Rights, Feature Articles, Teaching & Learning, Theater & Dance, United States

Defiant Cont Mhlanga’s Latest Play Banned But He Vows To Continue with Protest Theater

by Constance Manika – Zimbabwe – Hopefully, readers may remember the piece I wrote for The WIP in May 2007 about prominent Zimbabwean playwright Cont Mhlanga, […]

Africa, Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, Human Rights, Politics & Democracy, Robert Mugabe, Theater & Dance, Zimbabwe

Unreal Beauty Is Dangerous to the Soul

by Nancy Van Ness – USA – I know what I look like, more than most people. I study photographs and film footage of myself dancing […]

Art, Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, Films & Documentaries, The Beauty Myth, Theater & Dance, United States

“Wings of the Butterfly”: Employing Women’s Art to Shift Modern Paradigms

by María Suárez Toro – Costa Rica/Puerto Rico – In Costa Rica, a multidisciplinary group of women artists, scientists, activists and academics is producing a musical, […]

Artists, Arts & Culture, Costa Rica, Feature Articles, Latin America, The World, Theater & Dance, Women's Empowerment

Souvenir’s Portrayal of Soprano, Florence Foster Jenkins, Offers Modern Parallels

by Sarah Wyatt – USA – She was a socialite. Or was she awkward, gullible, clumsy? She prized her autonomy and tenacity. Yet she also hungered […]

Arts & Culture, Feature Articles, Music, Theater & Dance