ArtsEmerson has announced a series of in-person and virtual events for its 2021-22 season – marking the return of live events after a year of pandemic-altered entertainment.
The organization will offer eight live events throughout the season – five in person and three virtual. There will also be a list of on-demand virtual offerings as well as numerous live and virtual gatherings.
ArtsEmerson will partner with the Boston Asian American Film Festival, the Boston Latino International Film Festival and the Roxbury International Film Festival to screen narrative and documentary works, as well as “Projecting Connections: Chinese American Experiences Film Series” and the Bright Lights Film Series of the middle School.
The ’21 -’22 season will also feature ArtsEmerson Public Dialogue events to engage in discussions on issues that address the concerns and challenges of the contemporary moment.
ArtsEmerson’s ’20 -’21 season, “Year of Experimenting,” focused on developing a digital venue to deal with the pandemic as they brought over 100 virtual events to the public. As Boston emerges from the pandemic, the organization hopes to return to the Cutler Majestic Theater and the Paramount Center.
“We will continue to monitor news and data from trusted local, state and national public health agencies to adopt a plan that prioritizes collection in a way that ensures the well-being of the public, artists and staff. “said David Howse, director of ArtsEmerson. director, in the press release announcing the schedule.
Season ’21 -’22 will kick off with a special performance October 5-17 by The 7 Fingers titled “Out of Order”, available to stream on demand. The company created a live performance embracing social distancing that was never on stage, but instead turned into a cinematic work.
On November 12 and 13, ArtsEmerson will hold a performance in a theater for the first time after 20 months. The organization will host the world premiere of “Iphigénie”, a contemporary opera.
After the premiere of “Iphigenia”, director Thaddeus Phillips will return to the ArtsEmerson stage from November 16-21 with a series of his digital play titled “Zoo Motel”, which premiered virtually in September 2020.
From December 7 to 12, Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour will virtually present his play “White Rabbit Red Rabbit”, which requires no director, no set and a different actor for each performance. The script is given to the actors for the first time just before their performance.
From February 17 to 20, audiences will experience contemporary musical theater in person with Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s theatrical adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s fictional novel “Parable of the Sower”, a production on the climate change and social inequalities.
From March 12-27, Boston-born troupe Sleeping Weazel will be on stage for a two-week world premiere engagement of “Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends”, a multimedia theater / dance piece about the role of Parkinson disease. illness in family life.
From April 13-24, Travis Alabanza, one of the UK’s trans voices, will perform a stage adaptation of their book “Burgerz”, about when someone threw them a burger and shouted a transphobic insult. , which led to their obsession with burgers.
A two-week broadcast of Theater Centre’s “Sea Sick,” a solo play written and performed by Alanna Mitchel about facing demons and finding hope, will end the season May 11-22.
ArtsEmerson’s artistic engagement team is currently working with several international artists, including Guillermo Calderón and Wang Chong, to give audiences virtual access to the experience of their work.
On occasion, ArtsEmerson will also bring performance captures to the Bright Family Screening Room at Paramount Center, including the scheduled presentation of the controversial film “Adam”, a true story about a young trans man who goes into exile and embarks on a remarkable journey. The film prompted a reaction from transgender college students who criticized it for what they saw as homophobic and transphobic content.
On Tuesday August 3 at 5 p.m., the organization will organize a virtual preview event for the ’21 -’22 season. To book free admission, register on the Arts Emerson website.
Howse said he hopes to broaden the organization’s vision for their programming, reach and accessibility.
“As last year was all about adaptation and experimentation, I referred to this season as a ‘transition year,’ a year of ArtsEmerson that may not sound like everyone else. world has known, “Howse said in the press release.