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Former Program Coordinator, Creative City

Spring weather has arrived in earnest just in time to welcome the first Creative City-supported performances of the new year. This month features presentations across and beyond disciplines and throughout the city of Boston. We hope you will be able to attend some of these events!

LISTEN| WENDY JEHLEN / ANIKAYA

ANIKAYA Dance Theater will be working with students at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to develop a new movement-based performance work, Listen, to be performed in public spaces throughout Boston. Listen will employ a series of improvisational and choreographic strategies that develop and utilize physical listening and collective rhythm. The project will include workshops during the summer at the Horace Mann School, followed by performances in public spaces throughout the city of Boston.

May 5, 2018 (Rain Date May 6) | Project Listen Outdoor Performances | 12 – 5 PM
12 PM Park Street Station
1 PM Chinatown Gate
2 PM City Hall Plaza
3 PM Museum Wharf
4 PM Copley Square

Keep an eye on the Facebook event for details of additional times and places.

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (2018) | MAIA DOLPHIN-KRUTE AND JESSE ERIN POSNER

Each month, 136 people die of an opioid overdose in Massachusetts. Close to 300,000 people in the state are prescribed opioids. These numbers ripple exponentially through our families and communities. What does it mean to live within an epidemic? How do we go on living?

The Way We Live Now (2018) invites open, public conversation about our shared experiences in and around the opioid epidemic. We will engage with our stories using Susan Sontag’s masterful artist/activist text: The Way We Live Now, written during the AIDS epidemic. Inspired by the legacy of courageous action in the face of overwhelming loss, we seek to learn from our foremothers, updating and performing this text to reflect our current crisis. Join us in coming together to end the silence that leads to death.

May 6, 2018 | Dress Rehearsal | 3 PM
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston, MA 02111

May 16, 2018 | Performance | 6 PM
Fenway Health | 1340 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

Check out our Q&A with Maia and Jesse to learn more about their process and partnerships!

PATCHTAX AND THE MANNA SINGERS| EVE BOLTAX AND MARY JOY PATCHETT / PATCHTAX

Patchtax and the MANNA Singers are collaborating to create an extraordinarily joyful choir of homeless and recently housed people in downtown Boston. Mary Joy Patchett and Eve Boltax of Patchtax are directing the music program within the established MANNA community (Many Angels Needed Now and Always). The choir’s weekly Tuesday afternoon rehearsals are open to anyone who wants to uplift their spirit and heal their heart through singing.

Follow @patchtax and facebook.com/patchtax and check out their blog!

May 8, 2018 | Patchtax and the MANNA Singers Spring Gala | 7 PM
Cathedral of the Church of Saint Paul | 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

MOTHER & FATHER WIT: LIFE LESSONS | VALERIE STEPHENS

A West African proverb says, “When an elder dies, a library burns down.” Our elders are our library of traditional knowledge, practical common sense based on teachings and experiences, and their life lessons are the threads that tie our cultural and societal tapestry together. And yet, their voices often go unheard. This community theater project, created by performance artist Valerie Stephens, is designed to bridge that disconnect. Elders tell stories about the lessons that they have learned. A family event!  Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons performances are free and open to the public.

May 11, 2018 | Performance | 6 PM
Kroc Community Center | 650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125

Mary 17, 2018 | Performance | 6:30 PM
Old South Meeting House | 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

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