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.
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.