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    Reader comments on Drip

    Subject: Eurocentric by chance, not choice
    Date: Aug 20, 2003
    Sender: Attic PeoplePrevious | Next

    In response to Frank Espinale's review, while we respect his opinion of the show, we take issue with his criticism of our work being Eurocentric. Of course we are Eurocentric. We are from Europe. We have no funding. We are one year old. We are a group of seven. International work is incredibly expensive and invites a financial risk that could spell the death of a fledgling company.

    As for your quote from our publicity materials, that we try to develop works that "cut across cultural and linguistic barriers to reach a diverse international audience", please remember that is from our mission statement. A mission statement explains what we are TRYING to do, and even if we are too poor and too unknown to acheive it fully now, at least we are making an attempt to avoid the formulaic success models of the provocatively-named musical or the nonsensically abstract Wooster Group knockoff. We resist the rush toward audience-alienating abstraction or cultural fetishism and try first and foremost to entertain - on a basic human level - the widest possible audience. It is pointless to be "innovative" or meaningful if no one is willing to listen.

    As a side note, I would also say that your division of culture into western and non-western is a vastly oversimplified description of what culture actually is. Germans are not French and Brits are not American. The world is a rich source of inspiration, and there is much to be found in exploring what lies hidden all around us. That is the root of our name, and that is what interests us in this kind of theatre.

    Attic People

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    » Eurocentric by chance, not choice «   from Attic People, Aug 20, 2003
  • Re: Eurocentric by chance, not choice   from frank episale, Aug 20, 2003
  • » Eurocentric by chance, not choice «   from Attic People, Aug 20, 2003
  • Re: Eurocentric by chance, not choice   from frank episale, Aug 20, 2003