Thursday, December 1, 2011

Philip Glass At Occupy Lincoln Center

Visible Shape (Philip Glass & Lou Reed occupying Lincoln Center) from jaune! on Vimeo.

Glass's opera "Satyagraha," which focuses on the story of Gandhi in his early years of non-violent protest in South Africa, is currently having a run at the Metropolitan Opera.
"The anti-war movements were empowered by Gandhi's history and our own," Glass wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post.
But for the Occupy organizers, the opera also underlines some of the ironies in performing such a piece at Lincoln Center. Occupy protestors were supposed to march on Lincoln Center in mid-October, though only a few showed up on the night they were scheduled to protest.

"We see a glaring contradiction in ‘Satyagraha’ being performed at the Lincoln Center where in recent weeks protestors from Occupy Wall Street have been arrested and forcibly removed for exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceful public assembly," they wrote.

Bloomberg L.P. and David Koch some of Lincoln Center's major sponsors

11:pm NYC
Now mic checking a prepared statement. The occasion is last performance of Satyagraha.

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