Depending on whom you ask, Go West!, Chautauqua’s second annual inter-arts collaboration, came together in 500 years, seven months, 12 days or three hours.
North, South, East, West: All points of the compass have allure, but none stirs us from complacency as mercilessly as the last. As Chautauquans know, the theme last week was “The American West.” As we were reminded in the Amphitheater Saturday night, that theme has lost none of its power to lift our spirits and open our minds.
Did Saturday evening’s Go West! The Mythology of American Expansion production fully encompass the complete spectrum of the American West? That’s asking a lot from a mere two hours. But, at the end of the evening, we felt taken like companions on a journey full of bravery, discovery, ruthlessness, unreasonable hope and the pursuit of dreams.
Grover Norquist and political scientist Geoffrey Kemp will discuss the topic “Can the U.S. Afford to be the World’s Sole Superpower?” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
Chautauqua County is one of the poorest in New York state. Since the demise of a once-healthy manufacturing and industrial base decades ago, the county has increasingly relied on tourism for revenue, with the Institution as one of its most important draws.
Rachel Elizabeth Harding, assistant professor of indigenous spiritual traditions in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, will explore one such way — through the religion Candomblé — in a lecture at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, audiences will have the chance to witness the Charlotte Ballet push dance into an area of creative discomfort. The company hopes that they will metamorphose into the unexpected and the enlightened.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, Brian Winter will share his thoughts on Brazil’s place in the modern world and whether the nation is capable of asserting itself as a force on the global stage.
“I’m coming to realize that speaking about Brazil is quite a daunting task,” said Lourenço Bustani, who served as the second speaker in Week Six’s morning lecture series, “Brazil: Rising Superpower,” at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Amphitheater.
After a year of pre-production and two intense weeks of putting everything together, the night of Friday, July 24 is the last night before the opening of Go West!. Director Andrew Borba talks about the final work the team has left in less than 24 hours.