[This dance] is truly a jewel and a tribute to the commonalities between poetry, literature and dance. Using a dramatic presentation of the script as his score Bettmann creates a symphony of movement literally bringing form and texture to the content.
Washington Examiner
Ron Moore
As a longtime fan of the “other” Washington DC – cultural, tech and entrepreneurial – I can’t say enough good things about Bourgeon. Beautifully curated and a fascinating read.
Voxie Media
Debbie Weil
“When it comes to supporting artists and arts writers, Robert Bettmann is a force of nature. Lucky the creators and annotators who meet his standards, and lucky the audiences and readers who can appreciate the results.”
Los Angeles Times
Lewis Segal
Bourgeon’s Student Arts Journalism Challenge offers encouragement to the next generation of arts journalists, along with a reminder that the arts, and those who write about them, still matter.”
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan
I have edited the Australian Dance Journal, Brolga, and can certainly appreciate your efforts as a journal editor, your vision of Bourgeon as a platform for the expression of ideas about dance, and your advocacy for the dance community.”
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dr. Michelle Potter
Bettmann has created a work of art that establishes his ability to mine gold out of our literary vaults and craft his discoveries into complex and beautiful pieces."
The Examiner
Ron Moore about All Good Men

What Does Day Eight Do?

Bourgeon’s mission, through the online publication and community initiatives, is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. Founded in 2005, the arts magazine Bourgeon connects new audience to new artwork, supporting the highest achievements in the arts. In 2012, Day Eight has started creation of a "best of the first five years" book, to include fifty articles by fifty contemporary artists. The Bourgeon Book will be an anthology of contemporary art written by the artists themselves.
The dance company Bettmann Dances is driven by a vision of dance as a part of the public pursuit of civilization. The company is currently in the midst of a multi year exploration of security, which premiered around the ten year anniversary of 9/11. The company is available for arts education and public performances, lecture demonstrations, residencies, and workshops.