ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER
6-min promotional video / overview, featuring images & sound clips from the original production at Pangea World Theater (2011).
Written & Directed by Andrea Assaf
Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan
Poems performed by Andrea Assaf
Music performed by Salah Abdel Fattah, Tim O'Keefe, & Aida Shahghasemi
Sound Design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley
Lighting Design by Kat Lovell
"Eleven Reflections on September" is a poetry/spoken word-based, multi-media performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. This production is based on the series of poems Andrea Assaf has been writing since 2001, spanning the fall of the towers, the on-going wars, and the current revolutions sweeping through the Arab world. Aesthetically, the poems explore the disintegration of language in the face of violence, prejudice, and unspeakable horror; as such, they progress from lyrical to abstract and broken. The annual witnessing of autumn leaves becomes a metaphor for the fallen--soldiers and civilians.
This multi-disciplinary project includes performances with interactive media design and live music; community dialogues; a visual arts exhibit; open mics, panels and opportunities for action through partnerships with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and other peace organizations.
"Eleven Reflections on September" is an Art2Action production, originally commissioned by Pangea World Theater's 2011 "Alternate Visions Festival", supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists. Earlier readings of the poetry series have been featured at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (Mexico 2010); the Zero Budget Festival, organized by the WorkCenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Wroclaw, Poland, November 2009); the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC (October 2007); and the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center (April 2007). Excerpts and work-in-progress showings have also been performed at DIWAN Forum for the Arts (CUNY 2011); the BAAD! Ass Women's Festival (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, 2011); the RAWI Conference (Ann Arbor, MI 2010); the Alternate ROOTS Annual Meeting (2008); and Hedgebrook’s NYC alumnae gathering (2007). Some poems from this series have been translated and published in Spanish and Polish; translation in Arabic is forthcoming (2011). Audio ecordings can also be found on the Radio Tahrir website.
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