Another battle in the culture wars, this time in Venezuela
Posted 25 April 2001 - 12:14 AM
Ballet is often accused to being elitist by some (and proudly claimed to be elitist by others). I think this article is worth taking the time to read. Those who do, have you any thoughts on the issues raised?
Posted 25 April 2001 - 11:28 AM
The regime in Columbia, unlike that described in the Times article on Venezuala, is certainly not Marxist. State Capitalism based on drug exports might be closer to the mark. However, the effect seems to be the same. A few quotes from the article:
"...last autumn the first shock announcement by a new minister of culture--that Bach be taken out of schools because this music is only for geniuses..."
"The ministry has announced that all funding be rescinded for 'foreign art forms' which puts the proposed 2001 Verdi season in jepordy."
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Posted 25 April 2001 - 11:49 AM
Posted 25 April 2001 - 03:25 PM
Ms. Imber has been an outspoken critic of Mr. Chávez and is the widow of Carlos Rangel, a political writer who was an adversary of many of the Marxist theorists who have risen to power with Mr. Chávez. But Mr. Espinoza denied that politics or personal revenge were factors in Ms. Imber's dismissal, saying that her ouster was part of "a natural process of renovation and renewal" intended to end what he described as the stagnation of culture here.
"I am a personal friend of Sofía's, and I continue to admire and esteem her," he said. "But I am absolutely convinced that to preserve and guarantee her work, it was necessary to replace her."
Gotta love that spin. They're saving her work from her. This is not about art, it's not even about politics. It's about power.
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