Collaboraction's 2017-2018 season introduces a new vision for our artistic programming to incite change around a single critical issue each season.
Next season we will focus on “The Reality of Racism in Chicago: Envisioning Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.”
Our 2017-2018 theme will build off of our five years with Crime Scene to explore the root causes of racism, which we believe is the root cause of violence in our city.
In times of economic and political division, it is essential that Chicagoans experience and participate in artistic work that brings the community together around important issues like violence, segregation, mental health and education. Our new single themed season model will allow us to expand and deepen our exploration of racism.
The 2nd annual PEACEBOOK Festival will be launching at the Goodman Theatre on August 26 with an admission-free, three-act marathon of 21 world-premiere pieces of theater, dance and spoken word about Peace in Chicago cultivated from submissions from throughout the city. PEACEBOOK will then tour to Englewood, Hermosa and Austin as a part of the City of Chicago’s Night Out in the Parks program.
PEACEBOOK was born out of the tradition of Collaboraction’s SKETCHBOOK Festival and features over 200 artists, including established Chicago theater/TV/film artists and emerging talent from neighborhoods throughout the city. These free performances also include community meals, peace fairs, Dome of Dance tournaments and more.
Encounter is a festival curated around the annual theme of “Racism and Racial Healing” with theater, visual art, music, video, dance, and more presented simultaneously in all three venues of Collaboraction Studios. Encounter will be curated through a combination of open and invited submissions from throughout the city and will serve to engage the community with the theme of Racism in Chicago and incite knowledge, discussion and action. After the week-long series at Collaboraction Studios, select elements of Encounter will tour to Chicago’s Hamilton Park, La Follette Park and Kelvyn Park with free events and community conversations.
APRIL 19-MAY 27
BY ANTHONY MOSELEY AND COLLABORATORS
"Blue Island in the Red Sea" will continue where the five Crime Scene chapters left off, exploring the root cause of racism and what racial healing might look like in Chicago. The piece will be created in collaboration with Chicagoans throughout the year led by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley and an ensemble of co-devisers.
"Blue Island" will ask questions about Chicago history and the need to utilize truth as a means of bringing the community together for the future to face our biggest issues of segregation and economic disparity. "Blue Island" will also tour to Hamilton Park, La Follette Park and Kelvyn Park with free admission shows and town hall discussions after every performance.