In a radically revised and trimmed version of Puccini’s classic, Heartbeat Opera tries to address the Asian stereotypes the work helped perpetuate. Read more at The New York Times.
A review of Conference of the Birds, directed by Naila Al-Atrash. Read more on Warscapes.
There’s nothing like the powdered wig era to remind us that any set of gender norms is temporary. Louisa Proske, Heartbeat Opera’s co-Artistic Director, tells us why we shouldn’t be sleeping on opera, especially when it’s in drag. Read the full story.
In his New York City debut, Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr talks about the clash of interests, politics, and cultural and historical moments that influenced his latest exhibit. Read the full story at Warscapes.
Called “SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms,” the 14th annual Istanbul Biennial is a celebration of modern art that breaks away from the standard museum and makes use of boats, garages, abandoned schools, and other offbeat corners for art installations throughout the city. Read the full story at Afar.