Nov 08—19, 2017
TANIA EL KHOURY
★★★★ “This piece will change the way you think…”
— What’s on Stage
Put your ear to the ground. Those who resist are not forgotten.
Enter the world of Gardens Speak : a stunning, full-body interactive experience that sold-out at The Public’s Under The Radar Festival in New York. Only 10 people admitted per hour.
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods of the uprising against the Ba’athist government in 2011. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead — each providing safety, truth and a voice for each other. In Gardens Speak , Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury carefully reconstructs the oral histories of ten ordinary people and transforms Syrian statistics into universal, human stories.
Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Nov 08, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Tickets $45 (GA)
Due to limited space per each performance, advanced booking is strongly recommended.
“I was left…reminded how much power there can be when one human voice, unstilled, speaks the truth to one listener.”
— The Boston Globe
“Gardens Speaks allows people to care deeply about the life and death of a single ordinary person.”
“Unusual and moving.”
— Patriot Ledger
“ArtsEmerson is giving Boston one of the most uniquely individual and profound theatrical experiences in recent memory with Tania El Khoury’s haunting Gardens Speak.”
— Edge Media Network
“A stark, moving theater piece by Tania El Khoury, brings us into painful intimacy with the human cost of the war.”
— New York Times
“This piece will change the way you think”
— What's On Stage
— Evening Standard
“Art is supposed to be universal – and there is no more universal thing than fear of death. Or grief. In Gardens Speak, out of the most specific experience, Tania El Khoury crafts something massive.”
— Paul Mason, Channel 4