Eleven Reflections on September
Written, Directed & Performed by Andrea Assaf
Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan
Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry/spoken word, multimedia 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 and conflicts 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; visual arts exhibits; open mics, panels and opportunities for action through partnerships with Iraq Veterans Against the War and other peace organizations.
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The WOW! Festival Preview @ The Apollo Theater Soundstage, for the Women of the World Festival (2015), featuring Andrea Assaf and Aida Shahghasemi:
Excerpts of video art by Pramila Vasudevan, with text by Andrea Assaf:
Downtown Magazine — Eleven Reflections on September: A Look Back on a Post-9/11 World
Dan Bacalzo’s Asian American Performance — Andrea Assaf Brings Eleven Reflections on September to La MaMa
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PAST TOURS & PERFORMANCES:
October 2016 @ 5th National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival @ OSF, produced by the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA). Featuring Lubana Al Quntar and Eylem Basaldi.
August 11, 2016 @ Alternate ROOTS 40th Anniversary! Featuring special guest dancer, S.T. Shimi, and introducing April Centrone on percussion.
September 15, 2015 @ The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival! With special guest vocalist, Jenny Luna.
June 14, 2015 @ the legendary Apollo Theater, as part of the WOW! Artists TakeOver, Women of the World Festival, in partnership with Hi-ARTS.
April 30-May 17, 2015 — Three-week run at the historic La MaMa, First Floor Theatre, NYC. Featuring guest choreographer/dancer Donna Mejia, with post-show dialogues moderated by special guest artists including Heather Raffo, May Joseph, James Scruggs, and more.
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Eleven Reflections on September is an Art2Action production, 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 New York premiere was presented by La MaMa ETC, in association with Art2Action and Hi-ARTS, with the generous support of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Special Projects grant, and the Puffin Foundation (2015). Additional performances have included: The 5th National Asian American Theatre Festival, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), produced by CAATA; Concert Tour, FeLiNo XII (Northwest Festival of Literature), CECUT, Mexico (Nov 2014), “Global Fridays” at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn MI (Sept 2014), and the Barness Recital Hall, University of South Florida (USF, Sept 2014). The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa FL, in conjunction with the National Performance Network (NPN) Annual Meeting (Dec 2011); The Carpetbag Theatre, Knoxville TN (Oct 2011). Earlier readings have been featured at CECUT (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 English in Mizna (USA) and Scarf Magazine (UK); in Spanish translation in Mexico; translations in Polish and Arabic are forthcoming.
Preview of the original production @ Pangea World Theater (2011), featuring Andrea Assaf, Aida Shahghasemi, Tim O’Keefe & Salah, Salah Abdul Fattah, with video art by Pramila Vasudevan, and sound design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley:
Poetry Banners designed by Steve Durland, at Pangea World Theater (2011):
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