CHICAGO – Collaboraction, Chicago’s home for social-issue driven contemporary theatre, announces Encounter, a winter festival curated around the theme of Racism and Racial Healing in Chicago with theater, visual art, music, video, dance and more.
Encounter is an explorative event series encompassing three full-length works, three short work collections, three free staged readings and three one-night-only events, each created by Chicago artists working in a variety of media, all intended to incite knowledge, discussion and action around the theme of Racism in Chicago.
Encounter will be presented over two weeks, January 9-20, 2018, in all three venues of Collaboraction Studios, 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 3rd Floor, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Select elements will then tour to Englewood’s Hamilton Park, Austin’s La Follette Park and Hermosa’s Kelvyn Park as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program.
Encounter was curated through open and invited submissions from Chicago artists working in a variety of media—from dance and music to film and theater. Works selected for production interrogate racism in Chicago and present the artists’ visions for racial healing.
Full-length performances include The Day I Woke Up by Sonya Jackson, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire by Ada Cheng, and Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia by musician Ronnie Malley, each presented in Collaboraction’s Pentagon Theatre.
Collaboraction’s Vault is home to three short works programs titled History, Identity and Resistance.
The Salon at Collaboraction hosts more new work readings and panel discussions. One-night-only events include Saints and Sinners, an evening of storytelling curated by Sandra Delgado (La Havana Madrid), Our Chicago, produced by the Black Lives, Black Words International Project, and Asian American Storytelling Night curated by Ada Cheng.
Tickets are $10 for students, artists, educators, and seniors; $25 for the general public. Festival passes, which will allow a holder to see each show in the festival one time, can be purchased for $50.