What’s really exciting about the #MeeToo movement and Time’s Up is that it increased awareness regarding issues like the inequality between sexes and regarding the stories or fairytales we feed our kids’ imagination with (which ultimately influence their views of what behaviors are expected of them based on their gender), pointing us in the right direction and indicating what better choices we can make in order to turn this world into a better place for us, our kids, and the generations to follow.
Hamlet and Us was developed by Laboratorul de Arta, a collective within Bucharest of dancers, actors, singers and those new to the stage. The group was founded with the following mission: ". . . Human research is based on an authentic search from within and aims to express the human being in its truth and vulnerability."
Despite the fear that such controversial shows would not resonate with the American audiences/public, the project came “at the right moment and at the right place”, considering that the USA is now going through some social and political changes. This tour landed in the midst of some important events, right after the USA having their first black president in their history, just missed the opportunity to have their first female president elected, and, gosh, that was so close!
Staying true to yourself, finding your own voice and even your own form of expression as an artist is a significant challenge. Those who succeed in doing so possess determination and verticality. Such is the case with director Carmen Lidia Vidu and her show Me. A Doll House, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House.” The performance is part of “Future is Feminine,” a project curated by Cristina Modreanu and presented in the SubletSeries at Here Arts Center in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.