There is actually no way to know how many artists support themselves solely through their artwork, but most people agree that it’s a fairly low percentage.
In 1995, South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda wrote a book called Ways of Dying that features a character named Toloki, a professional mourner at township funerals in post-Apartheid South Africa.
PART TWO: Think about classical ballet’s signature repertoire—The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella. Each of these canonic story ballets is drawn from a European folk tale or story, and set to music by a European composer. Is it time to ask, “what other stories can ballets tell?”
Now as spring blooms, we find Austin’s Fusebox, the state’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival, carrying the trend into 2023 with five days (April 12-16) filled with its usual innovative and experimental work, but also a particularly playful and fun lineup.
In one of the biggest Texas dance stories of the year, ISHIDA Dance Company, a contemporary dance company co-located in Austin and Houston, has just made Dance Magazine’s 2023 “25 to Watch” list, one of the most coveted accolades in the dance industry.
As everybody knows, the University of Texas at Austin has transformed its hometown thanks to its role as a hotbed of research. There’s more to that than churning out innovations in computers and technology.
While there was little rainfall over the summer in central Texas, money flowed from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to 51 national awardees, including Austin’s venerable Forklift Danceworks, in the form of Our Town grants.
Jenelle Esparza’s weavings reflect her South Texas lineage, but also ask what that history might look like from the perspective of the landscape.
After a performance season filled with joyful starts, heart-breaking cancellations and casting understudies for the understudies when positive COVID tests rolled in, Texas theater companies have endured much real life drama to make the leap back to live performances.