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Ballet Initiative Podcast: Damian Woetzel

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Damian Woetzel is the Artistic Director for the Vail International Dance Festival. Each year, this innovative festival presents a diverse offering of dance in a truly unique setting. On this episode, we discuss some of the finer points of the festival. Specifically, serial collaborations, new works, debuts, community work and arts education.

http://www.balletinitiative.com/podcast/2014/7/28/damian-woetzel

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It's very rare to see someone with a sense both of the big picture and the details.

Whenever the discussion comes up about who will succeed Martins at NYCB or Tomasson at SFB, his name comes up, but I think his work life sounds so much more interesting than either of theirs.

If I were Obama, I'd want him to be Arts Czar in a cabinet-level position.

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If I were Obama, I'd want him to be Arts Czar in a cabinet-level position.

What kind of crown would an Arts Czar wear?

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If I were Obama, I'd want him to be Arts Czar in a cabinet-level position.

He's actually a member of the President's Council on the Arts and Humanities. A few years ago, he and Heather produced a wonderful "day of dance" at the White House for area children which was live-streamed. (The White House studiously avoids the word "czar" - that comes from the press and the President's critics.)

http://www.pcah.gov/members

The Arts Endowment has a brand-new Chair, who seems to be quite good, Jane Chu: http://arts.gov/staff/jane-chu

It's a monstrous responsibility (as Jane Alexander wrote about in her book "Command Performance" after she was NEA Chair during the Clinton administration). And as the new Chair at the Humanities Endowment is a white male, it would have been difficult to appoint another white male just now at NEA. Woetzel seems to have so many interesting irons in the fire, he might have been reluctant to take it on, if he had been asked.

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