Naked Stages: 2016

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Naked Stages: 2016 says
Naked Stages is a series of raw, real, and completely original performances by three exciting new voices: Shante’ Sojourn Zenith, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) and Nadia Honary. The culmination of a 7-month fellowship program that provides time and support for these emerging artists to develop their unique voices as creators and performance artists, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else.

Dec. 8 - 17, Thursdays – Saturdays
7:00 p.m. Installation Performance (Nadia Honary)
7:30 p.m. Theatre Performances (Shante’ Sojourn Zenith & Magnolia Yang Sao Yia)

Post-Show Discussions: Saturday, Dec.10 & Friday, Dec. 16

Tickets: Pick-Your-Price (Reg. $16)
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“Vulneraries” by Shante’ Sojourn Zenith (Shante' Zenith) is a performative response to a culture that is afraid of our vulnerability—our “ability to be wounded.” It asks: what cultural and ecological healing would be possible if we felt safe to be present to our own depth of feeling, if we had the support to traverse emotions such as grief, rage, longing, despair—which many of us know only as destructive forces that consume us—transforming what wounds us into creative acts of opening, of liberation?

“she can be seen walking alone” is choreographed by Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY), an artist who makes dance based in stories of Hmong life. The piece is inspired by women’s experiences of their gender identity and their ability to find space, voice, and spirituality. What kinds of expressivity is possible in pushing through constraints upon us? What emerges when we dig into history and mythology to create images for present day survival?

“Reflection. Revelation. Release.” is an interactive installation experience by multimedia artist Nadia Honary that uses mirrors, video images, and live performance to explore queer identity and self-censorship. Nadia, a half-Iranian queer artist, investigates the catharsis of finding one's personal truth and the implications of sharing this truth in a safe space. This installation is a space for transformation -- for people to witness identities in flux, to reflect on how they perceive themselves and others. (In addition to the live performance on Dec. 8 – 10 & 15 – 17, the installation will be up from Nov. 19 – Dec. 17, and can be experienced on its own whenever Pillsbury House + Theatre is open.)
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