Eleven Reflections on September

ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER

Written & Directed by Andrea Assaf

Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan

Vocals by Lubana Al Quntar

Collaborating Musicians have included: Eylem Basaldi, Salah Abdel Fattah, Jenny Luna, Tim O'Keefe, Natalia Perlaza, and Aida Shahghasemi

Guest Choreographers/Dancers have included: Donna Mejia, and Pramila Vasudevan

Sound Design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley
Light Design by Kat Lovell (2011) and G.B. Stephens (2015)

"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.

2015 performances included a three-week run at La MaMa in New York City, The Apollo Theatre's Women of the World (WOW) Festival in partnership with Hi-ARTS, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.

"Eleven Reflections on September" is an Art2Action production, originally commissioned by Pangea World Theater’s 2011 Alternate Visions Festival, and supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists. The 2015 New York premiere was a co-production with La MaMa ETC. 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.

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Eleven Reflections on September

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ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER

Written & Directed by Andrea Assaf

Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan

Collaborating Musicians have included: Eylem Basaldi, Salah Abdel Fattah, Jenny Luna, Tim O'Keefe, Natalia Perlaza, and Aida Shahghasemi

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ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER

Written & Directed by Andrea Assaf

Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan

Collaborating Musicians have included: Eylem Basaldi, Salah Abdel Fattah, Jenny Luna, Tim O'Keefe, Natalia Perlaza, and Aida Shahghasemi

Guest Choreographers/Dancers have included: Donna Mejia, and Pramila Vasudevan

Sound Design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley
Light Design by Kat Lovell (2011) and G.B. Stephens (2015)

"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.

2015 performances included a three-week run at La MaMa in New York City, The Apollo Theatre's Women of the World (WOW) Festival in partnership with Hi-ARTS, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.

"Eleven Reflections on September" is an Art2Action production, originally commissioned by Pangea World Theater’s 2011 Alternate Visions Festival, and supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists. The 2015 New York premiere was a co-production with La MaMa ETC. 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.

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