An interesting an impassioned polemic from James Yarker of Stan’s Cafe appeared on The Birmingham Post’s site the other day, and includes this paragraph:
Letâ€™s get to those rooms above pubs, street corners, concert halls, village halls, school halls, libraries, fields and theatres, where real live people are performing for real live audiences and sharing a moment in time together, participating in a social exchange that celebrates an act of creativity engaged for its own sake, prompted by values outside basic commerce. Letâ€™s go and be with other people, sharing a communal moment of beauty and provocation, which will dissolve as soon as it is done and remain precious for that very reason.
The rest of the piece richly deserves your attention.
And it begs the question, what was the last artistic performance you took a risk on?Â For me it was Society of Futopia which, although it bemused and bored me in equal measure, I was very glad to have seen.