Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Update: State of the Nation

Mentioned earlier, here, ArtSpot Productions presents the 5th Annual Art and Performance Festival - "State of the Nation". The theme this year is Tipping Point.

"State of the Nation is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival and ocassional series that brings together student, emerging, and professional performing and visual artists who are committed to addressing social, political, and economic issues facing the country. Co-produced annually in New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi since 2004, the festivals have presented the work of over three hundred and fifty dancers, musicians, theater artists, poets, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, activists and educators. Attended by thousands, the festivasl provide an opportunity to showcase projects and participate in workshops. At its best, State of the Nation stands as a forum for democracy – a space for the free discussion of current affairs.
This year’s festival explores the intersection of art and activism through the presentation of original performance, dance, music, film, workshops, visual art installations, community dilagues and site-specific events by more than 100 artists from the Gulf Coast, Baltimore, D.C., Maryland, California, Hawaii, Philadephia and New York."

Local and National performers include:
ArtSpot Productions, Junebug Productions, The Free Southern Theater Institute, M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction), Creative Forces, Students at the Center, Turning of the Bones presented by Home, New Orleans?-LakeviewS, We Three Kings, The Porch, Nicole Garneu’s UPRISING (Chicago), Goat in the Road Productions, Saddi Khali, Raymond “Moose” Jackson, Scott Heron and HIJACK, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, NORD/NOBA Dance, Antonio Garza, NEW NOISE, Joanna Russo, Zentropy, The New Deal Boys, Ryan Watkins Hughes, Dance Now Productions (Washington D.C.), Adam Tourek (New England), 2B Tribe Dance (Nachitoches, LA), olive Dance Theater (Philidelphia), Brett Keyser (Philadelphia), Rebecca Stronger (New York).

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