This is the Joffrey's second Nutcracker without our beloved Mr. Arpino. He was the guide, architect, and chaperone of our Nutcracker, and when repetition set it, he was always our comfort, applauding us during every single performance. Last night was our opening night here in Chicago and it was a great performance filled with high energy and a great deal of passion. The company gave everything they had to this performance. It was a great way to start this three week run of shows.
Even though we had a great run with Othello back in October, the company needs to do more in order to reach the year's financial goals. We need to be able to set ourselves up for a successful year next year. We want to be able to put on certain productions and so we constantly need to do well. Basically we need more support!
I suppose this is an odd question, but I'm dying to know the answer....why is art not as well supported here in the US??!?! Can anyone give me a real, valid answer???
I do not understand why such a powerful country, with every opportunity and every resource does not devote itself more, and offer more, to those communities that develop its artists. It is honestly something I hope to devote myself to after my own performing career. But why isn't it the case now? The arts are so important for an infinite number of reasons, not least for the improvement of the human kind. Dancing, live music, theater, art, ballet...it is all a spark for your mind. It feeds your brain with information and challenges your own thoughts and emotions. Simply put, its pure education for all ages.
Please, I'd love to hear your thoughts...