What power lies in the freedom of speech? What lessons can we as a modern society learn from the Estonian culture?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Tony Spinosa about how the Estonians won freedom through singing.
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Meet Tony Spinosa
Tony Spinosa is a producer, stage director, choreographer, writer, arts leader, and performer. He is the composer and writer behind Singing Revolution: the musical and he has directed over fifty theatrical productions across the United States.
At a very early age, Tony was mentored by theatre legend Michael Bennett and made his Broadway debut in Peter Pan. Tony became the Resident Director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles. He has produced numerous events for Broadway Cares, Theatre Development Fund, and The Actors Fund, including the recent mega-hits Thoroughly Modern Millie and Bombshell in Concert at the Minskoff Theatre.
In This Podcast
- Using freedom of speech to gain independence
- Peaceful protest mindset
Using freedom of speech to gain independence
Music is very popular in the Estonian culture – to the point where grade 1 kids are taught to sight-read music.
In 1991, the Estonians were given freedom of speech by Gorbachev, and so they took that power of free speech and sang in protests against the Soviets to gain their independence. Within 3 years they achieved it without one drop of bloodshed.
It’s a story that I thought was a powerful example of peaceful resistance and how effective it could be. (Tony Spinosa)
Peaceful protest mindset
What this really proved to me is that violence is really never the answer. It’s never a win-win situation. (Tony Spinosa)
Approaching something with a peaceful protest, having a conversation about it, whilst being rational and standing up for what you believe in, is more powerful than taking using violence and war.
Useful Links mentioned in this episode:
- Visit Tony’s website and check out Singing Revolution: the musical
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