We have a variety of projects happening this summer – at Dreamland Arts, around the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. Sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, or check this web page for updates. Here’s a list of some of the events coming up:
Zaraawar Mistry & Greg Herriges will be performing Children’s Stories from India at several libraries in Saint Paul and in the Kitchigami Regional Library System. Visit http://childrensstoriesfromindia.com/ for more information, or to bring a performance to your venue!
Taous Claire Khazem, who did her solo show In Algeria They Know My Name at Dreamland Arts in 2016, will be producing and directing the Kabyle Folktale Project at our theater in July.
In August, The Iraqi American Reconciliation Project will be presenting a new work by the participants of Iraqi Voices, a collaborative mentorship program that gives Iraqis in Minnesota support to share their stories through art.
Dates: Thu-Sat, May 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun, May 7 & 14 at 2:30 p.m. Run Time: 75 minutes. No intermission. Age Recommendation: All ages.
Theatre Elision presents Ragtime Women, an original musical telling the story of four women in the early 1900s who defied conventional female expectations of the time to become successful musicians, performers and composers. It is a story of determination, and the importance of passion and commitment when pursuing your dreams. But it is also the story of the challenges women faced then, and still do today, when seeking to break free of societal norms and expectations. It reminds us that throughout history women have defied convention and made great sacrifices to pursue their dreams. Ragtime Women uses the original compositions of the characters to the tell their story, along with other music from the period.
Presented by Green T Productions
Tickets: $12 General, $11 Fringe Button/MPR Members & $10 Students.
Dates: Thu-Fri, Apr 6-7 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr 8 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sun Apr 9 at 7:30 pm
Mon, Apr 10 at 7:30 pm (Pay What You Can)
Thu-Fri, Apr 13-14 at 7:30 pm
Run Time: 60-75 mins. No intermission. Age Recommendation: Ages 7+.
Green T Productions presents A Thousand Cranes, the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Sadako was only two years old when the bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at twelve she was diagnosed with “radiation sickness” an aftermath of the bomb’s effects. With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper origami cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. She begins to fold her thousand cranes. Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane … to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted. Her friends and classmates finished Sadako’s work. They folded enough cranes to make a thousand. Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako’s statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.”
Presented by Eliza Rasheed & Aamera Siddiqui
Dates: Fri-Sat, Feb 24-25 at 7:30 p.m.
Run Time: 60-75 minutes. No intermission. Age Recommendation: Ages 13+.
Eliza Rasheed & Aamera Siddiqui present Cloth – A Reading of a Work in Progress. How much is too much? How little is too little? And who gets to decide? From the burka ban in France to dress codes in our own communities, from bloomers to pantsuits and the ever changing fashion trends; when it comes to women’s clothing it seems like everyone has an opinion. Cloth is a new work that explores women’s relationship to cloth, covering and choice, and the avalanche of factors influencing that choice. A post-show discussion will follow each performance.
Aamera Siddiqui and Eliza Rasheed are a fiscal year 2016 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.