Creative People for Peace: I will dance with those oak trees as long as’

Creative People for Peace: I will dance with those oak trees as long as’

Jan 7, 2024
3pm
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Update: Due to the impending winter storm, we will host an open rehearsal for I will dance with those oak trees as long as on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 5 PM. The performance on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3 PM is still on!

 


Members of Slovo Theater Group return as part of a new initiative that works with artists from cultures in crisis due to political conflict and/or ecological disasters.

‘I will dance with those oak trees as long as’ takes us on a poetic voyage to explore the question of what it means to be a hero when you have no other choice.

I will dance with those oak trees as long as

I need a street
Empty of bloodstains,
A street that has never seen
Or known terror.
Let it be flawless, let it be flawless, flawless
Like the sex of these girls that are killed unjustly
Let it be long, let it be long, long,
Like their agony.

—Kajal Ahmad

Set in a carpet store, I will dance with those oak trees as long as takes us on a poetic voyage into the life of three Kurdish women, inspired by the poetry of Kajal Ahmad and the characters Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and Ninsun from the world’s most ancient epic poem: Gilgamesh. Carpets, chairs, and strings create an environment in which three women navigate a violent and unstable world. Accompanied by soundscapes inspired by traditional Kurdish music, objects, puppets, and a multilayered world of reality, dreams, memories, and visions explore the question of what it means to be a hero when you have no other choice.

  • Performed by: Audrey Rose Dégez, Daria Holovchanska
  • Producer, Playwright, & Director: Audrey Rose Dégez
  • Puppet Master, Lighting & Sound Designer, Movement & Object Director: Daria Holovchanska
  • Stage Manager: Berivan Alothman
  • Produced by: CP4P International Productions

Creative People for Peace (CP4P International Productions) develops and tours new, original theatrical works with artists from cultures in crisis due to political conflict and/or ecological disasters. In all aspects of their work, CP4P  seeks to engage refugee communities, from offering trauma-informed storytelling workshops and masterclasses to providing sliding scale or free admission to performances and hiring directly from the refugee community.

CP4P’s most recent project was Slovo. Theater Group, a unique artistic residency founded in April 2022 to promote Ukrainian culture abroad that included founder Audrey Rose Degez and four actresses from Kharkiv, Ukraine.