Every person has his or her story to tell: every community, every family, every institution, every issue, every piece of ground, every thing. When we remember the country of our birth, when we stand in the middle of a parking lot, when we walk with an aging parent, each possesses a history that provokes a tale, a tale that makes sense of the knowledge that inspires it. These stories are all around us; they are deep inside us as well. We hear these stories everyday.At Performing Knowledge we are all about the stories and the communities they inhabit. The story might be about Edgar Allan Poe’s poetic persona, or it might be about a senior citizens’ home, or it might be about technology and how it affects who we are. We at Performing Knowledge explore these stories, what they look like in line and color, what they sound like with melody and chord. We want to know how they feel, both to the storyteller and to those to whom the story is told, and how they make sense of the world to everyone involved.
The story of The Performing Knowledge Project begins with poetry workshops and the production of Embodying Poe: Poetry in Performance. The Sanctuary Theatre dates back to 1983 and its inaugural production of Jesse and the Bandit Queen. Its story then weaves through dozens of productions, workshops, staged-readings, and educational programs over the years, in collaboration with numerous organizations and communities. Its new story announces a decidedly different direction for the Sanctuary organization.
The Performing Knowledge Project is a collaborative of artists and scholars of all kinds: theatre artists; historians, musicians; poets, literary critics, writers and playwrights; sociologists; technologists and visual artists; dancers and beyond. We create our original works as well as work in collaboration with communities and individuals, crafting the tales that make worlds come alive.
Our next productions are MotherStory and Song of Myself: the Whitman Project.
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