October 30, 2020 7:00PM
Just Arts: “Access” curated by Chil Kong
Four DMV-area arts leaders will co-curate and assemble a 4-week series of free streaming programs celebrating BIPOC artists and the tradition of social protest, presented by Olney Theatre Center.Kicking off on Friday, October 9, and running through October 30, each installment will highlight a different pillar of social justice: “Accessibility,” “Rights,” “Equity,” and “Participation.”
October 30 - Access
Curated by Chil Kong
On the final Friday of Just Arts and on the verge of Election Day 2020, co-curator Chil Kong asks his artists, "What does the word 'Access' mean to you? And what does it mean in your language, whether that language is Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, music, or movement?"
Video profile of Identity, Inc.
I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free by Nina Simone
Performed by Felicia Curry
Felicia Curry performs a soulful rendition of this Nina Simone song. This performance is dedicated to encourage all to vote.
Not Your Alien
Written and performed by Kyosin Kang
Kyosin Kang shares her personal immigration story, what Kang calls “the bane of my existence," about perseverance, what it means to be All-American or All-Asian, and labeled an “Alien.”
created and performed by Ellice Patterson
Ellice Patterson is a dancer. She also has a disability. Through her work with Abilities Dance Boston, Ellice disrupts antiquated ablest beliefs and disseminates the value of inclusion through dance. “Bimodal” features Ellice dancing with her walker as well as audio description.
The New American, 1961 (From Eight hundred seventy-four)
Alex Palting performs her original blues song inspired by the 874 letters her grandparents wrote to one another from across the ocean—her grandmother in Manila, and her grandfather in the U.S. The song explores “the fear, courage, loss and wonder I imagine he must have felt as he left the Philippines.”
The Bill of Rights... in Russian
performed in Russian by Mikhail Kachman
Acclaimed DMV director and theatre artist Mikhail Kachman recites the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution in his native language.
The Newly Naturalized Citizen Earns Her Right to Vote and Walks to the Polling Place
by Tuyet Thi Pham and Amy Kellett
Tuyet Thi Pham returns to Just Arts along with Amy Kellet with an original movement piece in English, French, and Vietnamese about voting, defining and redefining access in a new land.
video by Asian and Pacific Islanders Vote
Beautiful City written by Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Nova Y. Payton
Nova Payton returns for another standing ovation with this performance of “Beautiful City” from Stephen Schwartz’s brilliant Broadway musical Godspell.
The Free Theater brings together talented local teens to perform Alicia Keys’s latest hit single “Underdog” and share some of their personal stories of how access to the arts, education, proper medical care, and mental health support, have affected their lives.
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