Author: Anne Bogart

Art and Politics

Recently during a public Zoom conversation with the choreographer Bill T. Jones, I mentioned that his work has always seemed political to me, rooted in the big social issues of the time, including… more
Anne Bogart

Ensemble as Lighthouse

I would like to thank you for your warmth and support regarding SITI Company’s recent announcement outlining our upcoming transition. In two years time, during the 2022-23 season, we will reach our… more
Anne Bogart

The Tentpoles of Our Future

I travelled from New York to London on March 11, 2020 carrying a small suitcase and expecting to stay for one week with my wife Rena.  Now it is mid-August and I am still in the UK with no idea about… more
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Shining Light Into Dark Places

I am working towards completion of a new book of essays entitled “The Art of Resonance.”  As part of the process over the past several months, I have been writing about the centrality of… more
Anne Bogart

The Illusion of Control

But man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the… more
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Intentional Civics Revisited

For his thesis production, a third-year Columbia director chose to stage T. S. Eliot’s 1935 verse drama Murder in the Cathedral in St. John’s Cathedral on the upper west side of Manhattan. For the… more
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Language, Love and Code Switching

I find that one of the best, but most difficult, ways for me to learn is to drop my own defensiveness, at least temporarily, and to try to understand the way in which his experience seems and feels to… more
Anne Bogart

The Art of Forgetting

At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.  (Maya Angelou) Until a recent conversation with my colleague and friend Leon… more
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Why Training is Necessary

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds recently wrote a memoir entitled A Dream About Lightning Bugs.  As a child during the summer months, he captured lightning bugs, also known as fireflies, to put into glass… more
Anne Bogart

What Art Is

While studying at Bard College in the early 1970’s I joined Via Theater, a group of likeminded theater majors founded by fellow student Ossian Cameron. The company began as an active investigation… more
Anne Bogart

The Art Brain

"The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects “unfamiliar”, to make forms difficult, to increase… more
Anne Bogart

Am I a Tuning Fork?

“This play resonated with me.” What does that mean?  Why does a particular play, painting or piece of music resonate with me, and others do not? The Oxford dictionary defines resonance as,… more
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Dedication

We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our own passion, and our passion is our task. (Henry James) In a recent public interview, novelist Margaret Atwood was… more