8 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
DRONE – Work-in-Progress: Testimonies & Music
In-person at AANM
DRONE is a new play by artist-in-residence Andrea Assaf, and a transdisciplinary performance project integrating theatre, live music, emerging technologies and artistic containers for public dialogue. It explores the drone as a metaphor for how we become desensitized to daily violence, domestic and global, the question of Moral Injury, and the effects of remote-control warfare on the human soul.
This performance of new work-in-progress will include excerpts of the play based on the true testimonies of survivors and witnesses of U.S. drone strikes, together with an original sound score exploring practices of “droning” in music traditions from the U.S. South to Southwest and Central Asia. Featured performers include: Andrea Assaf, Ashley Wilkerson and Anu Yadav as the “Survivors,” with music performed by Eylem Basaldi, Victor Ghannam, Roger Kashou, Kathy Randels, and internationally acclaimed Syrian opera singer Lubana Al Quntar.
Content Warning: This performance contains text based on the actual testimonies of military drone strike survivors and witnesses. Content includes descriptions of war, death and violence, which may be difficult for some audiences. We encourage self-care, both in your choice to attend, and during the performance.
For more information about the project, visit www.art2action.org/drone
DRONE is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Arab American National Museum, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans, Art2Action Inc., and NPN. An Art2Action production, DRONE is made possible, in part, by funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Theater Project.
For more questions, e-mail Kathryn Grabowski-Khairullah at [email protected].
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