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Global Fridays: Andrea Assaf

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:30pm

"Eleven Reflections on September" is a poetry/spoken word-based, multi-media performance on the Arab American experience, War on 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 World Trade Center towers, the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 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.

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 and other peace organizations.