STATE OF THE ARTS NYC PICKS FOR UNDER THE RADAR 2019

Tania El Khoury (UK/Lebanon/Palestine)

AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME

Performed by Basel Zaraa

Janice Levin Mezzanine

Friday, January 4 – Sunday, January 13

Running Time : 15 minutes

Our fingertips facilitate touch and sensations, but are also used by authorities to track many of us. In today’s Europe, a refugee’s journey can be set as far as their fingertips take them. The Dublin Regulation mandated a fingerprinting database across Europe for all refugees and migrants. This regulation often means that a refugee is sent back to where their fingertips were first recorded, without any regard to their needs, desires, or plans.

The refugee will mark the audience by drawing on their arm. The marking can be kept or washed away.

Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives.

Commissioned by “On the Move” LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London. Additional support for AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME provided by Select Equity Group Foundation.

Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Flaco Navaja (USA)

EVOLUTION OF A SONERO

LuEsther Hall

Wednesday, January 9 – Sunday, January 13

Running Time: 80 Minutes

The first full-length show by acclaimed poet, singer, and actor Flaco Navaja, original member of the Universes and Def Poetry Jam cast. With unabashed love for The Bronx, a gift for crafting memorable characters, and genuine good humor, Navaja and five top-notch musicians —aka The Razor Blades— bring on the charm, the rhythm, and the soul essential to a Bronx Sonero. Paying homage to many great musical icons —from Janis Joplin to Menudo, from The Doors to Héctor Lavoe, from Jimi Hendrix to Rubén Blades— the play is as much about Navaja’s creative evolution as it is about the wild mix that gives life to a rhyme, a people, and a culture.

EVOLUTION OF A SONERO was developed in part with support from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and its Step Up Artist in Residence initiative, in 2017-18. For more information please visit pregonesprtt.org.

Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust.Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Ifeoma Fafunwa (Nigeria)

HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE

Martinson Hall

Thursday, January 3 – Monday, January 7

Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE is inspired by multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Staged by director and writer Ifeoma Fafunwa, the show grapples with the issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria, and the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution in society. Combining song and dance with intimate portraits of resilience and resistance, the show celebrates women who have broken the culture of silence, challenged the status quo, and moved beyond barriers to achieve solutions.

Featuring a cast of leading Nigerian actresses (Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Elvina Ibru, Omonor, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward,  Debbie Ohiri,  Odenike and Oluchi Odii) as well as percussionists Emeka Anokwuru and Blessing Idireri.

Presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and iOpenEye in association with the American Repertory Theater.

Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity Foundation, Virginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust.Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

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