Stemming from one Japanese woman’s passion, the art of SAORI has become a global movement and practice. The name was coined by Misao Jo when she began weaving at 57 and was looking for a term to identify her craft. “Sao” is a contraction of her given name, and “ori” means “weaving” in Japanese. As she continued to develop her work, she realised that it had the potential to be more than a hobby. It could also be, for some, a life-changing activity.
On show at Current Plans, “Witches Own Without” references the ancient historical and cultural contexts of witches, from spells and magic to the contemporary prevalence of New Age practice. Involved in the magic are 18 participants from different artistic practices, ranging from writing to curating. Some are exhibiting their art for the first time.
Composer, librettist, director and playwright, Gian Carlo Menotti, who died in 2007, wrote 25 operas, not just for theatre but also for radio and television. He wrote his most successful works, such as “Amelia Goes to the Ball”, “The Consul” and “The Saint of Bleecker Street”, in the 1940s and 1950s. Written in 1946, “The Medium” is a short two-act tragedy, commissioned by Columbia University and premiered there that same year. A year later it was staged on Broadway in a double bill with a one-act comic opera, “The Telephone” or “L'Amour à trois”, as a prelude. Coming up next week is a local production of these two operas, and some of the cast are here to tell us more.