Some would argue that there is nothing wrong with money from those who have too much and using it to support yourself and your community— a creative Robin Hood of sorts. But is taking advantage of a convenient situation the same as being complicit?
I don’t think it’s our job to banish the darkness. But I think it’s our job to understand that the light locates us in this womb. It locates us in this infinite and ever expanding universe. And it gives us an opportunity to be present.
Gassman is the real article, the authentic listener, who has heard in the city’s woke and hip aspirations, its angry and tired lives, and its ever-evolving demography the real meaning of ordinary anguish.
A dominating thread of grief and healing wound its way through La MaMa Moves! 2021 and most of the artists brought song and storytelling into a festival that, as curator Nicky Paraiso acknowledged was full of resilient artists “making work that is essential and true to this pivotal moment in time.”
Somehow, it made perfect sense that we did it during a global pandemic. I think we created something that does three things; captures our current reality, comments on the future, and will hopefully have a long, relevant life after we’re through the other side.