Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
As I was perusing the arts news of today, a headline popped out and caught my eye: “St. Petersburg Composer’s Opera Incites Violence.” My first question was, how can an opera result in violence? Upon clicking the link, I soon realized that the opera had yet to be performed, and that the violence was a reaction to its scheduled preview. Thinking as an arts manager, I began wondering where the boundaries of our responsibility to our artists, performers, creators are. I know most of us feel as though we are responsible for providing audiences with new and thought-provoking experiences. I think it’s an special aspect and opportunity in our career’s. Ilya Demutsky, the composer, has announced since the attack that the opera won’t be debuting due to the “…worsening political and cultural climate…”.
I think it’s easy to take for granted the artistic freedom we have in the United States, and this article provides a reminder to take care of the creativity that artists have, and to remember our responsibility of providing a safe space for artistic ideas to come alive.