The Filmed ‘Emilia’ Shares A Fiery Feminist Play from the West End

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the filmed version of the British play Emilia is available to watch online. While it’s clear it was filmed for archival purposes and not for public viewing, it’s worth watching.  Women in any era can relate to this energetic and fiery depiction of the life of one of England’s… Continue reading The Filmed ‘Emilia’ Shares A Fiery Feminist Play from the West End

Meet Germaine and Their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

The women of Germaine are bringing a feminist perspective to the world of Quebecois (Canada) folk music. I had a chance to speak with two of the founding members Mélina Mauger-Lavigne and Florence Mailhot-Léonard after their mid-February performance for the virtual University of Chicago Folk Festival. (Note: Quebec is a French-speaking province located in eastern… Continue reading Meet Germaine and Their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

Yardi Gras 2021: Resilience Made Manifest in New Orleans

For some people Mardi Gras exists as a single day, but Caroline Thomas is one of the full-time Mardi Gras artists who works on the event all year round. Thomas is a member of a carnival production company, Royal Artists Inc., that creates floats and props for Mardi Gras—as well as other big parades—held in… Continue reading Yardi Gras 2021: Resilience Made Manifest in New Orleans

18th Street Arts Center Begs Audience to ‘Come a Little Closer’

In an evening of performance artwork, University of Southern California artists explore the concept of online witnessing, questioning what it means to be present with the realities of others through the screen. Through the following pieces, the audience comes closer to the artist’s perspective on gender, religion, colonialism, collective memory.  (Come a Little Closer, University… Continue reading 18th Street Arts Center Begs Audience to ‘Come a Little Closer’

Patriarchal Poetry Slam: Amanda Gorman’s Poems Surpass Criticism

FF2 Guest Post by Mary Novaria Historically, people watch the Super Bowl for one of two reasons. They are football fans, or they want to see the ads. Sometimes both. This year, we had a fresh and compelling motivation to tune in when Amanda Gorman became the NFL Championship’s first-ever poet. Talk about winning the… Continue reading Patriarchal Poetry Slam: Amanda Gorman’s Poems Surpass Criticism

Carron Little and Out of Site Show How Performance Can Adapt to COVID-19

While theaters and auditoriums have been closed due to COVID-19, performing arts companies have gotten creative in providing content to their patrons. Carron Little, Scottish artist, co-founder and curator of public performance series Out of Site (OoS), made the jump to digital in 2020 and has a full line up for 2021 including several Out of Site performances, artists talks, and a performing arts symposia as well as her own performances.