Republic in Ruins
Mouths Wide Open presents The
Republic In Ruins, a performance
event, on August 31st and September 1st & 2nd at Washington
Square Church, 135 West 4th Street in Manhattan. Co-sponsored
by The Nation Institute, the performance is part of the Imagine
Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas. (www.unitedforpeace.org)
scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention.
The Republic in Ruins is an innovative event which uses a two-part
structure to create a powerful evening of artistic "call
and response" with the audience, addressing our collective
concerns about the current political situation. An evocative environmental
installation locates the collage of music, song, and spoken word.
Following the performance, the audience will be offered homemade
refreshments and will be encouraged to mingle in informal discussion
with each other and those taking part in the evening’s events.
In this way, the audience is asked to actively participate in
and expand the dialogue about the state of our Republic at this
"We are infected by the politics
and violence . . . War affects everything that we do. It affects
our dreams. It affects our art, our relationships. And it affects
our religion. And that – is what has happened."
The Republic in Ruins
uses the artistic realm to powerfully address issues of pressing
concern to us all. The performance is a collage bringing together
various musicians, singers and speakers into the terrain (see
list). They are the voices trying
to bring the light of awareness and consciousness to the crumbling
Republic. Continuity is created through imagistic segues, using
live performance and video.
Feelings will be running high in New York this August as people
converge from all over the U.S. to either re-nominate George W.
Bush or to protest the current Administration’s positions.
The Republic in Ruins
aims to widen the conversation, increase understanding and reconnect
audiences with values of care and mutual goals.
Please Join Us!
||August 31st, September
1st & 2nd, 2004.
All shows start at 7:00 p.m.
||Washington Square Church
135 West 4th Street
(Between 6th Ave. & MacDougal)
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