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One Thing

FIRST:
a) theater encounters Brecht via contemporary art
b) contemporary art encounters figuration via theater

THEN:
a) visual arts performance makes room for virtuosity
b) theater develops a capacity for institutional critique

THEN:
a) theater people start attending art events, and begin to consider the art world their world
b) art people start attending theater, and begin to consider the theater world their world

THEN:
a) theaters commission performance work by visual artists
b) visual arts institutions commission performance work by theater-makers

THEN:
The two worlds become a single community, with a shared history, and they share each other’s innovations (rather than simply recapitulating them).

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David Levine

DAVID LEVINE is an artist who works with professional actors. He would really like for visual arts and theater to make friends.

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The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2013

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