Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I need Shakespeare

Linda Condlin, left, in black, and Sean Arbuckle in the foreground, with students

Sometimes we need a reminder that our job is great. My job as an academic adviser can get cumbersome, dry, overwhelming, you name the negative description. Just when I needed it, the Stratford Festival partnership with my university happened. Here two actors are doing an acting workshop with the English department's Shakespeare class. It was dynamic and fun, and I could see the humor and drama of Shakespeare's genius being expressed through Laura Condlin and Sean Arbuckle. You can see their artist bios here.

I listened to the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, Richard Monette, at a lecture Monday. I loved what he had to say about performing arts: We don't need to justify them or defend their worth of our funding any more than we need to justify eating. We need the arts, we want the arts. It's part of who we are.

There's a new post at Paris Deconstructed.


Rauf said...

our attitude makes any dull work interesting. A librarian here at chennai loved her work so much. She knew about every book, every subject, she would draw our attention to new additions. One day she had to retire and the assistant librarian was promoted to her place. The library became a building with books. It lost its charm.

Ginnie said...

There are those special, memorable times when our daily lives get infused with new life. So glad you had one of them!

Ruth said...

Rauf, I love that story. It reminds me of what my mother used to say to me if I said I was bored. She told me I am responsible for my boredom or lack thereof.

Ginnie, as Rauf said, it does take an attitude to begin with, one of openness to what is there. Perhaps another time I would not have participated in the Shakespeare events and wouldn't have found the infusion.