In theater, once a show is ready for opening night, the director has to let go. This is the analogy ArtsEmerson’s David Dower used to explain why after nearly 10 years he’s officially stepping away from his role as artistic director on Jan. 1.
Dower is moving to San Francisco to be near family and take on a leadership role with The 7 Fingers, a world-renowned circus collective based in Montreal. He will serve as executive producer of The 7 Fingers U.S. operation. Dower has known the founders of the collective since training with the Pickle Family Circus early in his career. Something about the circus arts still moves him after all this time.
“You’re seeing the human form, the virtuosity of the human form, what we’re capable of,” Dower said. “You’re seeing our interdependence.”
Dower will continue to work as a consultant while ArtsEmerson begins looking for candidates to serve as an artistic leader, though not director, David Howse said. Howse will transition to vice president of the office of the arts while continuing his position as executive director…
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