Special event

New Europe/New Ideas: Melting Pot or Cultural Diversity: The American and European View of a Pluralistic Society

October 23, 1999


Alternate Title New Europe/New Ideas: Melting Pot or Cultural Diversity: The American and European View of a Pluralistic Society with participants Laurent Dréano, Kristine Landon-Smith, Ria Lavrijsen, Orlando Patterson, and moderator Helen Denniston
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Participants compare the realities of American cultural pluralism with parallel forces in the New Europe. The idea of "invisible populations" and how they are made visible through performance will be a point of discussion, as well as anxieties created by the clash of ethnic/regional and national identities. Does political correctness, conceived and exported from the US, determine the presentation of values in Europe, and what can be learned from producers and artists who defy ethnic labeling?

Participants: Laurent Dréano, Performing Arts Director, Parc de la Villette, Paris;  Kristine Landon-Smith, Joint Artistic Director, Tamasha Theatre Company, London; Ria Lavrijsen, independent writer and Curator for Informative Programming, Royal Tropical Institute Theatre, Amsterdam; Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. Moderator: Helen Denniston, international cultural specialist.
Identifier 1999f.SE.00009

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