Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to Philip Bither, Senior Curator of Performing Arts at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, about ego, humility, and identity. Is it an arrogant act to program work (or make work) that you may personally feel is important — for an audience who may not want that kind of challenge? What is the grass roots work a good curator has to do to find and foster public interest (as populist as we can make it) in these so-called “difficult” works?
To see what’s happening at the Walker Arts Center go to: http://www.walkerart.org
If you’ve never seen a Bela Tarr film, you can take a look at a clip from his film Satantango here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rbtE4OTdAg
And if you’d like to listen to the mind-bending noise of Borbetomagus, one of the formative performance experiences of Kelly and Pavol’s young lives, check out this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DFRZ_9FXvs