FROM THE BLOG
A single snapshot of a butterfly is not going to tell you that it flies. Nor will it tell you that it was once a caterpillar.
Similarly, it can take more than one performance at ArtsEmerson to start to understand the dimensions of this place. Our next two productions—out of a season with 14 offerings on our stages, dozens of films in our screening room and dozens of events in neighborhoods around the city—are quite different from each other. But even with just these two “snapshots” to work with, you can start to get a sense of the facets, both seen and unseen, of our programming.
In the Eruptive Mode is the third in a cluster of performances this season that has focused on the Middle East. Kiss was an ensemble play, with a focus on Syria as seen through the eyes of an American theater troupe. Gardens Speak was a performance installation that literally put you down in the dirt with victims of the civil war in Syria. And now Anglo/Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam brings us an evening of six monologues that center on women of the Arab Spring of 2012. Each evening stands alone as a journey into another culture. Each takes us outside ourselves and places us in the world. Taken together, they open a conversation about the world, one taking place in its native tongue.