Circus decisions should prompt deeper understanding of Jumbo as a mascot

Last week, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that they would be phasing the use of elephants out of their shows in response to a growing public sense of discontent about how the animals are treated. This decision, if not entirely controversial, was a difficult one, as these great creatures have a […]


Acrobatic performances amaze in ‘Traces’

If you only had 90 minutes left to live, what would you do with that time? Nothing, everything, or try to leave a lasting impression, a trace, of who you are?  This question frames “Traces” (2006), which opened at ArtsEmerson’s Cutler Magestic Theatre on Oct. 1 — and its emphatic answer is, of course, the third […]


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