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(re)FOCUS Fest Pass 2016
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)
Philadelphia, PA
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(re)FOCUS Fest Pass 2016
This pass will allow you to reserve a seat at each of the shows at (re)FOCUS Fest 2016

**PLEASE NOTE**
You will need to reserve your seat at each show that you wish to attend (one seat at Take/Sacrifice and Secret Wonder; and one seat at Out of Orbit and The Art of Wasting Time) before your reservation is complete.


(re)FOCUS Fest

(re)FOCUS Fest brings together four theatre ensembles to explore the concept of privilege and to celebrate diversity through shared performance.

Through poetic dialogue, immersive soundscapes, and lyrical movement, Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre Company, [;;;;;redacted];;;;; Theater Company, and TS Hawkins meditate on gender, race, sexuality, class, and everything in between.

(re)FOCUS Fest is a chance to (re)focus on themes that are all around us, but difficult to see, explore, and discuss. It is a celebration of our ability to confront ourselves, learn from each other, and rejoice in the myriad of experiences that make us who we are.

Show Descriptions:

*Take/Sacrifice by Kaleid Theatre*

In history and in myth, we sacrifice humans to win battles, mitigate crop failure, or maintain peace. Iphigenia was sacrificed for wind to take her father's army to Troy and Jephthah offered his own daughter in exchange for victory in battle. We trade human lives to shape the world and ask for cosmic favors.

Take/Sacrifice, explores this space of desire, a landscape littered with those we have sacrificed to secure the things we want. Surrounded by iconic figures and archaeological mysteries, our wishes become reflections of ourselves - what we want from the world, how we want the world to behave, and the lengths we are willing to go to make it so. What do we cling to? What do we want so much that we'll destroy each other for it?

Please note: this production of Take/Sacrifice includes strong language (cursing), verbal descriptions of real life and imagined violent acts, and a few instances of physical violence as well as near nudity.


*Out of Orbit by Power Street*

Power is a difficult thing to give up, and privilege even harder.  The imbalances of these dynamics in our society have isolated us like a planet out of Orbit. We have lost the ties that bind us, and until we can learn to work together we will continue floating through space. Lost. We all know it, especially those in power, that equality is non-existent in our society. Told through three generations of stories, poetry, and dance, Power Street Theatre Company's new work tackles what it really means to be on top, and why so many are afraid to fall.


*The Art of Wasting Time by [;;;;;redacted];;;;; Theater Company*

The seconds pass. The tasks pile. The sludge gets heavier and heavier and we just cant get out of bed today. Or tomorrow. But then we do, and we work faster and faster and grow blinder and blinder. But then we cast away our myopia and realize its too late. How can we spend our time well before we waste away?

*The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G written by TS Hawkins & directed by Cheyenne Barboza*

The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G highlights the embryonic spark of when all girls gather; soothing ones aches, sorting each ones puzzles and sharing ones triumphs with her chosen collective and explores the spark of womanhood while asking the question, "do our societal truths alter how we embrace ourselves?" Using poetics dialogue, these seven girls journey through their assigned genders and discover how their differences bring them together.


**Schedule:**

Out of Orbit and The Art of Wasting Time
April 7 at 7:30 pm
April 9 at 7:30 pm
April 10 at 3:00 pm

Take/Sacrifice and The Secret Life of Wonder
April 8 at 7:30 pm
April 9 at 3:00 pm
April 10 at 7:30 pm


*Kaleid Theatre*

Kaleid Theatre (as in kaleidoscope, as in collide) combines an obsession with language, a compulsion to dance, and a thirst for community knowledge to create new work. Kaleid Theatre is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. Support for Take/Sacrifice is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

*Power Street Theatre Company*

Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) was in established in 2012 as a multicultural theatre company dedicated to the mission of engaging and empowering culturally diverse communities in the city of Philadelphia through performing arts and theater- a creative and visionary response to the palpable under-representation of communities of color in performing arts spaces here in Philadelphia and beyond.

PSTC produces and expands platforms for artists from historically marginalized communities to both create and excel in performance spaces. They bring multicultural theatre to neighborhoods, communities, and public spaces where access to the arts is limited. Additionally, they engage audience members in contemporary sociocultural and sociopolitical themes at the interplay of performing arts and reflective community dialogue.

*[;;;;redacted];;;; Theater Company*
[;;;;redacted];;;; Theater Company is a theater collective composed not just of performers, but painters, musicians, writers, choreographers, and composers. They create ambitious performances through collaboration, and through the juxtaposition of many art forms and many brains. They seek to create intimate spaces and encounters out of the familiar and the strange and to make art that lives forever.

*TS Hawkins*
TS Hawkins plays include two off-Broadway solo works titled Seeking Silence (2011) and Cartons of Ultrasounds (2012) that were created in partnership with Alphabet Arts. Her other short works include: Too Late to Apologize (2013), Theyll Neglect to Tell You (2015), and #RM2B (2015). The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G is her first full length play. Additionally, Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, and educator; her focus is on Art & Digital Literacy for high school aged youth.

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Location

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street) (View)
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States


Categories

Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Festivals

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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