Category Archives: PERFORMANCE

GAIA and Visions of Peace

GAIA is an event I was involved with some time ago and a great inspiration for Nacirema.

www.gaiadc.com

I also came across a great site and organization, Visions of Peace , with a mission/vision of  “building a communications infrastructure to support global dialogue and pluralism, based on a global social contract   

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The inspiration photos…

From our first meeting at Source, these photos launched the discussions that led to the piece…

Anna Deavere Smith

Some vibes…

The Nacirema Society

I found an interesting play, written by Pearl Cleage, titled, “The Nacirema Society.”

Welcome to the land of Nacirema

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The official blog for Nacirema, A multimedia, theatrical performance and experience that will be featured as one of the “Artistic Blind Dates” award recipients through the Source Theatre Festival 2011. Developed and written by Tewodross Melchishua (Filmmaker/Visual Artist), Debbi Arseneaux (Performer) and Martín Gendelman (Musician).

Nacirema is about identity, culture and control, set in a alternative society that is intent on maintaining all levels of control and thought. It is a visual folktale told from the perspective of a young female artist, and incorporates performance with music, visuals, and dance to weave a narrative that encourages the audience to not only participate, but to consider the reality of being a “citizen” and a member of the larger society.

This project is kindly funded through a grant by the Source Theatre/Cultural Development Corporation.