Past Events

Wilderness Live Performance Art

Crystal and Dzidzor invite the Boston community

Dates: Friday, October 7, 2022, 7-9pm
Location: BU Marsh Chapel
Free and open to the public.

We invite you into the Wilderness - to listen, hear, question, dream, and BE. The Wilderness EP is an invitation to embrace the curiosity of living, liberation, and God. It offers a space to pause, explore and wander through the Wilderness. Witness DZIDZOR and TRIBE perform prayers, proverbs,  and poems from the  Wilderness EP.  The event will feature Letta Neely, Mel Chante, Zamy Maa, and Mestre Chuvisco. This event is located at Boston University Marsh Chapel and will hold structures for students to interact with throughout the day.

Crystal and Dzidzor curate The Wilderness Project, an interactive art installation inviting participants to write ancient and new prayers, proverbs, and poems on ribbons tied to woven structures of Asiatic Bittersweet vines. The installation will be up from Oct 1 - Oct 6th, 2022 at Franklin Park Overlook Ruins and will be exhibited in front of Marsh chapel on Oct 7th from 8 am to 9 pm. Visitors and students are invited to visit the exhibit and add ribbons and stories to the installation at any time between October 1st and October 6th at Franklin Park and Marsh Chapel on October 7th, all day.

Dzidzor is a Ga-Ewe performing artist, curator, community archivist, and current candidate for an MTS at the School of Theology at BU.

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Shen Yun show at Wang Theater

Dates: April 2-10, 2022

Location: Boch Center-Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.

Catch this vibrant jubilee of classical Chinese culture when it comes to the Wang this April.

Based in New York since 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts tours the world with traditional Chinese performances like folk dance and story-based dance, along with solo performers. Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing.”

Shen Yun celebrates the rich cultural heritage of China—Buddhist and Taoist values mingle with ancient Chinese wisdom, while artistic innovations in dance, opera, architecture, and martial arts all shine in Shen Yun’s stage performance. The show also touches on today’s China, in which religion and spiritual beliefs are often repressed.

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Watch Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ opera at the Cutler Majestic

Dates: April 21-24, 2022

Location: Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by Afro-futurist author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying, modern congregational opera that celebrates two centuries of Black music. Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, Parablechronicles the spiritual awakening of Lauren Olamina amidst an America plagued by the products of unrelenting greed, systemic injustice and climate change denial. Parable of the Sower transforms the operatic form, fusing African-American spiritualism, deep insights into gender and race, and climate activism into a new musical experience that thrills and inspires.

 

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Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability and the Arts with JoAnn Chase

Date: March 31, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Location: Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground Event Space, 808 Commonwealth Ave. Boston

This event will be live streamed here.

JoAnn Chase, (COM ’85) Director, American Indian Environmental Office, Office of International and Tribal Affairs

JoAnn Chase is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Indian Nation and was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota. In addition to her work in the EPA, JoAnn has partnered with music icon Nona Hendryx and social justice innovator Makani Themba to launch SisterSMATR.org (Science, Math, Art, Technology, Robotics) which leverages art and community to close the gender gap in science and technology primarily with young women of color.

Presented by the BU Arts Initiative, BU Sustainability, and the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, part of the Indigenous Voices in the Americas Series

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Cultural Appropriation and the Intersections of Indigenous Design & Art with Dakota Mace (Diné)

Cultural Appropriation and the Intersections of Indigenous Design & Art

Date: Sun, April 3, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Location: Towne Gallery, 180 Riverway

This body of work will be an extension of Dakota’s current research on the Long Walk and will focus on the Navajo Treaty from 1868. A selection of 100 cochineal cyanotypes, collected from along the Long Walk, will be set in a tabletop case, arranged in a tight grid. The prints are living artifacts and connect to interviews Dakota recorded of Diné elders. A series of 25 lithographs will hang along one of the walls, an aspect of Dakota’s research on the 1968 Treaty. Two sash belts will be displayed on cases, alongside a second audio piece, a set of interviews of Diné women elders, narrated by Dakota.

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