Adventure Stage Chicago Invited by National Theatre of Scotland to Participate in International Project
Fulbright Fellow Sarah Rose Graber will Direct
CHICAGO–Feb. 1, 2016 – Chicago-based Adventure Stage Chicago, (ASC), a professional theatre production company and a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, is one of five organizations selected from around the world to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s (NTS) production, Home/Away: An International Festival of Participatory Arts.
Sarah Rose Graber, ASC ensemble member, director and Fulbright Fellow will lead ASC in creating a piece exploring the ways migrants establish a sense of home in a multi-cultural community that seeks to integrate.
Home/Away is an international program celebrating participatory arts practice and performance. This project, spanning five continents, sees the NTS partner with theatre artists and community arts organizations from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Brisbane (Australia), Chicago (USA), New Delhi (India) and Kingston (Jamaica). These five organizations will come together with five companies from Scotland, including Artlink (Edinburgh), a new Highlands Gaelic arts collective (Uist) and the Bangladeshi Association of Glasgow.
As part of the program, ten original theatre pieces will be created by professional artists working with community participants. Each production will premiere within the community where it has been created and will be subsequently showcased at the Home/Away festival in Glasgow in October 2016.
The National Theatre of Scotland’s launch project, Home, invited 10 Scottish communities to explore the meaning of belonging and identity within a particular region of Scotland in 2006. Ten years on, Home/Away asks participating groups from five different continents to consider their place in the world, at a time when the boundaries of “Home” are being increasingly stretched by geopolitical, social and cultural forces.
“The opportunity to team up with NTS and bring these deeply human stories to an international forum featuring communities from across the globe is thrilling," says Graber. "The arts are an essential vehicle for change and Home/Away has created a platform for us to advocate for and value the voices that don’t get heard. I’ll be working with immigrant and below poverty line communities as we come together through music, movement, stories and the hope of finding a better life.”
Graber, named "One of 15 Women to Watch in 2015" by Today's Chicago Woman Magazine, trained at Northwestern University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Winner of a US-UK Fulbright award to explore innovative devising practices, she has worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Playwrights' Studio Scotland, punchdrunk, Fuel, the LIFT festival, and Edinburgh Fringe.
Alongside a program of new theatre productions, the Home/Away festival will host a participatory performance arts symposium and practical workshops for leading organizations, practitioners, artists, funders, policy makers and commentators from around the world. Symposium events will take place by day, with a double-bill of performances scheduled for each evening.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to share and explore our humanity and our place in the world,” says National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Simon Sharkey. “Our sense of who we are, where we come from and where we belong is being challenged every day. I am terrifically excited by the artists and communities who have agreed to join us in an exploration of who we might become.”
Tickets for Home/Away will go on sale in April 2016. This program is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. To register interest in attending the symposium, please email your name and contact details to email@example.com.
About Adventure Stage Chicago:
Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, is a professional theatre production company that creates new work and tells heroic stories about young people. They do this to engage the community and inspire people to be heroes in their own lives. Housed in the historic Vittum Theater in Noble Square, Adventure Stage Chicago produces fall and spring shows. The Vittum Theater also hosts other public performances and educational programming throughout the year.
More about the National Theatre of Scotland: nationaltheatrescotland.com.
About ASC: adventurestage.org.
About Northwestern Settlement: northwesternsettlement.org.
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