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MAY 17 / 6:00pm

Hosted by Sky Cubacub
Produced by Udita Upadhyaya
Artists Alexis Smith, Ashley Hollingsead, Lindsay Barlag Thornton + Michael Patrick Thornton, Michelle Zacarias, Tannaz Motevalli, + Samantha Virgilio

“The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.”  – Rebecca Solnit

This night hopes to see the power of the personal story unfold. The artists investigate why some narratives are left untold or muted, and slowly bring them to light. The artists work to create an ephemeral community that highlights the care, empathy, kindness, generosity, and attention our stories and our lives deserve. We ask difficult questions about acceptance and access, find power in visibility, and create moments of embrace, gifting each other with presence. We become witnesses for each other’s courage, longing, and search for love.

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MAY 15 / 6:00PM

Hosted by André Perez
Produced by Irina Zadov
Artists Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Youth Empowerment  Performance Project, William Camargo + Yvette Mayorga, Dmitri Peskov

Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference cause un choque, a cultural collision.” – Gloria Anzaldua

The knit of identity is bound with contradiction and complexity. Join filmmaker André Perez, Rasquachismo artists William Camargo and Yvette Mayorga, dancer Dmitri Peskov, the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, and youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as we explore themes of displacement, wellness, shame, and the relationships between place and body, culture and identity. Through our multiple disciplines, we will interweave and reinvent our notions of home.

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