Co-written with Ethan Philbrick
There are words and not enough words about the outbursts of violence in Wisconsin and Colorado. We at Anna Deavere Smith Works are mindful that words can never tell the entire story. In fact, there are gag orders and other resistances to speech. And then there is political speech: the "haute couture" of language, that by its nature simply cannot, and should not, tell the whole story.
In the artistic realm, many of us strive to carve out, or even go as squatters into, a place where the search for meaning uses other resources than words. Ethan Philbrick, Assistant Curator here at Anna Deavere Smith Works, is an improvising cellist, who has been thinking about these violent acts, and doing musical improvisations in response to them. We include his latest improvisation, "Sketch #1," here: