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Eleven Reflections on September

Poetry, Spoken Word, Multimedia Performance

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8pm

Jo Long Theatre | $26

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“…richly collaborative contributions of singular women’s voices illuminates the anti-war message at the root of Assaf’s poetry.”
– Lisa Traiger, D.C. Dance Watcher

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Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry/spoken word, multimedia performance on Arab American experience, wars on/of terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. This production is based on the series of poems Andrea Assaf has written since 2001. Aesthetically, the poems explore the disintegration of language in the face of violence, prejudice, and unspeakable horror; as such, they progress from lyrical to abstract and broken. The annual witnessing of autumn leaves becomes a metaphor for the fallen–soldiers and civilians.

This multi-disciplinary performance features writing and direction by Andrea Assaf, as well as an all-women Middle Eastern music ensemble including Syrian opera singer Lubana Al Quntar, violinist Eylem Basaldi and percussionist April Centrone.

This performance is part of an extended residency occurring from October 2020-November 2021 during which Assaf will engage with the San Antonio community and beyond through a series of workshops, online “Reflection Sessions”, community discussions and will ultimately culminate in the creation of a new large-scale, community-based, devised piece created by engaging Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) and Muslim artists and allies from across San Antonio. Written about our community by our community.

Eleven Reflections on September was originally scheduled for May 16, 2020. However, the performance had to be rescheduled due to the global pandemic. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the new date with no further action is required at this time. Inquiries regarding refunds should be directed to the point on purchase.