Eleven Reflections on September
Poetry, Spoken Word, Multimedia Performance
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.
In this new work, the six ladies of the Eastwood transform into the matrons of the Eastwood Diner, located on the corner of Noland and Pine. Through enchanting performances of favorite standards from various decades and through the power of spoken word, we are drawn into the captivating world of the diner, where divas from all walks of life find their way to the diner to embark on a journey of exploration and revelation; celebrating and challenging the perceptions of what it truly means to be a Diva. In the telling of their stories, we see ourselves reflected. These are our stories…the story of our people.