Whistle While You Work
Call for Accountability – An Engagement Action
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The following is a letter to Jay Wegman at NYU Skirball Center from Engagement Arts in Belgium in response to their November 2018 Jan Fabre Programming.
Dear Mr. Wegman,
As the Senior Director of NYC’s home for cutting-edge performance and discourse, we urge you to initiate a public discussion about the ethics of Jan Fabre’s work practices and Mount Olympus.
Specifically, we feel that presenting Jan Fabre’s work is a form of complicity with his practices. If you do not support sexual harassment, bullying and denigration of performers, and underpaid or unpaid work hours, then we feel that you are responsible for addressing the publicly available testimonies rather than presenting the work without comment.
As a programmer, silence is your privilege, but breaking it is your responsibility. That way, you don’t just program cutting edge work, you do cutting edge work.
Your community needs to know why you have made this programming choice and why you are presenting it in this context. We urge you to take a stance.
Engagement Arts | New York based Dance Community | Whistle While You Work
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