NYT Accuses Free Beacon Of Defaming Gov-Funded ‘Doggie Hamlet’ [Watch]
Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon
Defends performers running and chasing sheep as moving piece on 'what it means to be a citizen of the world'
The New York Times is defending a taxpayer-funded production of "Doggie Hamlet," claiming the Washington Free Beacon missed the point that the outdoor sheepherding dance performance was really about "what it means to be a citizen of the world."
A 1,200-word endorsement of "Doggie Hamlet" published in the dance section of the print edition on Sunday argued the Free Beacon‘s report failed to provide proper context about the performance in which no lines of Shakespeare are spoken, but several people run around in a field with sheep and dogs.
"But Is It Art? In the Case of ‘Doggie Hamlet,' Yes," the headline for the piece written by Gia Kourlas reads.
The Free Beacon revealed the funding of "Doggie Hamlet" by the National Endowment for the Arts in December. Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center received $30,000 for a series of performances, including Ann Carlson's "Doggie Hamlet," which the Free Beacon described as featuring "actors yelling and running at sheep in a field in Vermont."
The Times bemoans that modern dance is "too easy to make fun of," and claims the Free Beacon did not delve deep enough into the performance that was inspired by the Oprah book club.