Women Who Dare! Women in the Performing Arts

Women Who Dare! Women in the Performing Arts

This talk provides a brief summary and context for Women Who Dare, a recorded live lecture that I gave as part of a series of women’s lecture topics at UW-Green Bay. It is based on findings of Women in the Performing Arts, a class I have been teaching at UWGB for 30 years. I give the profiles of 4 outstanding international women performing artists from different genres of the performing arts including Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Isadora Duncan, and Marian Anderson. I then discuss the factors which constrain and further women’s creativity and the patterns and obstacles that exist in the lives of women performing artists from genres of dance, conducting, singers, actresses, filmmakers, etc. The talk ends with a live performance and talk with Jiebing Chen, Chinese erhu player, and the first woman to play this instrument with an international orchestra. This lecture was recorded for Wisconsin Public Television and has been shown several times on University Place. The most recent showing was at the Music Academy, Bydgoszcz, Poland, in where I was teaching in May of 2019.

Sarah Meredith, Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-Green Bay

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