PLEASE NOTE: This event is intended for mature audiences
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Dis/Unity: A Service is an 80-minute interdisciplinary performance in which artists across mediums unite for an immersive installation of sound, dance, text, performance, and visual art. Audiences are invited to witness and participate in collective song, dance, and ritual acts of liberation and transcendence, and journey with us as we transform space, bodies, and sound.
Previewed during a workshop residency above the Deadwood in June 2016, join us for the world premiere of the finished piece. University of Iowa professor Loren Glass praised Dis/Unity in a review for Little Village Magazine, writing: “The question remains, as it has always been: ‘Can a country founded by genocide and built on violent oppression live up to its political ideals of justice and equality, ideals which continue to inspire our hope and love?’ I don’t know the answer to this question but I do know I’m proud to be a citizen of a country in which art like this can be shared and discussed.”
Dis/Unity: A Service asks how does racism manifest in our families and communities? How do we as artists, people of color, and white people act within and against institutional racism, sexism, and homophobia? How does media and pop culture contribute to the landscape of visual narratives? How does trauma play out in our bodies? How do we heal our bodies? How do we use live art to transgress borders between people? Can the process making performance be a conduit to radical transformation?
This presentation is supported by Hands Jewelers, Iowa House Hotel, and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group.