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SOUTHERN REP THEATRE PARTNERS WITH THE BREATH PROJECT: A CALL FOR ENTRIES
NEW ORLEANS (July 17, 2020) –Southern Rep is participating with THE BREATH PROJECT, led by Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Gamal Abdel Chasten (founding member of the ensemble theater company UNIVERSES, co-creator of Southern Rep’s YONOLA in-school program), in partnership with theater companies across the country. The endeavor was formed to select, curate and archive work from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to our current moment in history, and to build relationships between artists of color and producers of live theater in their region. The program will be curated and led by Sacha Grandoit,
Southern Rep’s Arts Education Coordinator.
Giving BIPOC agency to tell their stories is both a mission and passion of mine. In the words of Lynn Nottage, “We’ve been present throughout history, but our voices have been neglected.” Now is the time, more than ever, to have history be told from our creative lenses and perspectives. Now is the time for our
voices, for our words, to be spoken, read, heard, and celebrated.
The Breath Project submissions to the archive must be a recording of a live performance of original work, created by an artist of color, and must be 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length. A theater piece entitled 08:46, written and performed by Chasten, is available to view on The Breath Project website, thebreathproject2020.com, and was the impetus behind creating the archive.
After George Floyd was murdered, Marieke (my future Breath Project co-
founder), asked if I would consider writing a piece that was 8 minutes and 46 seconds long. My initial reaction was, ‘no!’ While sheltering in and witnessing daily injustice, I had already written my share of work on the topic, so the last thing I wanted to do was that! As an African American artist/activist I am always writing about or around the topic of racism and injustice…hell, I live with it every
day. But, I realized that there is value in directly addressing this moment, and there is a vital need for creating a sort of time capsule to document this historical time we are surviving through. This time has also created an opportunity to actively address the systemic racism that has been ever present in American Theater. We can only accomplish this in partnership. – Gamal Abdel Chasten
CALL FOR ENTRIES- THE BREATH PROJECT
Southern Rep is proud to partner with The Breath Project to create an archive of 8 minute and 46 second works of live theater from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to this moment in history. As partners in the project, a curator from our theater will help to select pieces from the archive to feature in a virtual festival in Fall 2020. To be considered for the Fall 2020 virtual festival, please submit your piece by August 31, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the submission process, the mission of the Breath Project and other partner theaters, visit http://www.thebreathproject2020
SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT
- Submissions must be a recording of a live performance of original work, and must be 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length;
- Submissions will be accepted from artists of color who reside in the United States (work submitted by artists under the age of 18 will be considered in a youth category);
- Submissions must include a link to your video submission, artist bio and photo.
- Deadline for submissions for consideration for the 2020 Virtual Festival will be August 31, 2020, 5:00 PST. At this time, there is no deadline for submissions to the archive.
- We strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions, and check the list of Partner Theaters to see which theaters are able to offer space and other resources