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THE MORE YOU TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH US, THE MORE YOU’LL UNDERSTAND


In the Eruptive Mode

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.

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ArtsEmerson Leadership Photo“ArtsEmerson puts the world on stage and screen to help us understand our world, celebrate our place in it, and explore how we each can contribute to its transformation. We are passionately committed to delivering exceptional experiences for our audiences and operate from the belief that the arts belong to everyone. We invite you to come with us to places you have not been and share experiences you could not anticipate but will never forget. And, if you are so inclined, to engage with a room full of fellow travelers (who are your neighbors) to sort it all out. Let us begin to rediscover our community through the shared experience of art and conversation.”

– ArtsEmerson Leadership Team