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Willem Dafoe
Fall 2014 performance arts: Echoes of 1984's Olympic Arts Festival
Fall 2014 performance arts: Echoes of 1984's Olympic Arts Festival

A new fall arts season is our perennial reversal of nature. We enter into it anticipating spring's rebirth and renewal, not autumn's death and destruction. The planting, of course, starts early, typically years early. This fall, though, is an occasion to look unusually far back. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Olympic Arts Festival, an unprecedented undertaking for Los Angeles and the Olympics that involved 1,500 artists in 400 events. The milestone has been all but ignored, but no matter. Unravel the new season's DNA and you will find numerous Olympic Arts Festival strands. The arts, and especially the performance arts, in Los Angeles could be split into the...

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