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Longing for My Return to the Circus Tent

A hush falls over the entire audience. All 200 eyes are staring up at the ceiling as the performer prepares to do a big fall. Or there’s scattered sharp intakes of breath when the aerialist does something seemingly impossible, like catching the bar with their toes. It’s the beauty and glory of the circus. Circus […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Shortened CEUFF Featured Thought-Provoking Films by Women

Sadly, this year’s Chicago European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center had to close early as a result of the coronavirus. “In suspending our programming we simply did what was necessary to do our part in protecting the public health,” Director of Programming Barbara Scharres told FF2 Media in a follow-up interview. “There […]

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Four Documentaries about Women Artists You Can Stream Right Now

Since SWAN day (Support Women Artists Day) is all about supporting women artists, it seemed befitting to put together a list of four documentaries about women artists that you can stream at home. These films cover a spectrum of time and place, covering visual arts, film, and the performing arts.  The Girls in the Band […]

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