Cultural Moments of 2012: Rose's Picks
This week, we’re rounding up our favorite Philadelphia cultural moments of 2012. Read on to find out what Rose loved best about the arts in Philly last year; then click here for Carolyn’s picks, and check back tomorrow for a few of Megan’s most memorable moments.
GPCA Annual Meeting
OK, this wasn’t exactly an open cultural event, but sitting in the Annenberg Center hearing the hard data confirming the economic impact of the Philadelphia arts community was hands-down an exciting night. So many artists and administrators work tirelessly behind the scenes in support of bringing both inspiring and inspired works to audiences, and this was a much needed moment to conclusively stand up and say that what we are doing doesn’t just impact the people in attendance, it reaches beyond to impact all of Philadelphia.
This Town Is a Mystery
Can I add another Live Arts show to this list? Headlong Dance Theater was a Canary client this year, so I was able to follow the This Town Is a Mystery process from household applications through rehearsals and performances for this remarkable performance work in Philadelphia homes. It was incredible to have such an intimate view into how a work like this comes together. I was lucky to grab a seat for the Aryadarei family’s last performance and listen to them toast at dinner to how the production changed their lives as a family and as members of their community; it warmed me to my core. It was so impactful for everyone in the room, and I feel like we all walked out knowing we had just experienced something special.
Angels in America
In May and September I made my way to The Wilma Theater for the epic Angels in America. In addition to my love for this play, being able to see a work like this with a few months between Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika was particularly fun. Every night the characters on stage are evolving, and over the course of a run some shows can feel so different from others. As a performer, I know firsthand that there are so many factors involved — the audience that night, how the day went, and how our relationships as actors to our characters continue to grow the more we live with them in their world. Clocking in at a total of almost six hours, I wish I could have stayed there longer.
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