What challenges do U.S. performing artists face?
In order to better get to know the extraordinary class of 2013 Doris Duke Artists, we asked them, among other things, about the biggest creative challenges they face as artists. Their answers were remarkably open, thoughtful and inspiring.
For example, Stacy Klein, Founder & Artistic Director of Double Edge Theatre, describes ongoing challenges that she proudly overcame during the creation of her most recent work, The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century): “Struggling determinedly to develop this work over the past two years according to my own criteria, and not the maddening voices of presenters, critics and fashion arbiters, I found the route to my own narrative and identity—visual, emotional, personal, female and American.”
Jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford cited a similar battle to achieve her personal vision: “My life’s work is about going as deeply as I can into the creation of my own music and the cultivation of my own voice… I strive to make all of my musical and life experience coherent internally.” Continue reading