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Being prematurely judged or misunderstood can be frustrating, limiting, and even harmful. In the final episode of Season 2, artists and arts administrators share stories of pushing boundaries, subverting categories, and defying expectations.
Act One: “Up-Rising” with Emily Isaacson, a conductor and the founding director of Classical Uprising in Portland, Maine.
Act Two: “Such Creatures” with Luke Greeff, a dancer, choreographer, circus artist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois.
Act Three: “More Than Madness” with Sam Simon, a playwright, author, and actor in McLean, Virginia.
You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/
You can find the resource Luke mentions in their story, Gender Expansive Practices in Dance Spaces: An Introduction here.
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The Storytellers in this episode:
Emily Isaacson (Portland, ME), a conductor and the founder of Classical Uprising, who when told that her innovative ideas don’t fit in classical music, paved her own way.
Luke Greeff (Chicago, IL), a dancer, choreographer, circus artist, and educator, who when confronted with a work environment that failed to support transgender and gender non-conforming artists, stepped away and started one that would.
Sam Simon (McLean, VA), a playwright, author, and actor, who, facing his own diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, is committed to sharing his story in a one-man show, for as long as he can.
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