ABD Productions / Skywatchers
Thu-Fri, Oct 26-27, 7:45pm-9pm
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ABD Productions’ Skywatchers program presents I Got a Truth to Tell.

Now in its seventh season, Skywatchers brings together Tenderloin residents and community practice artists to collaboratively create original performance work.

Amidst a current national atmosphere trending toward normalization of lying and bullying, misogyny, and class and race hatred, Skywatchers’ I Got a Truth To Tell brings the voices and stories of those who would be silenced into high relief and a resounding chorus. Featuring performances of and by Tenderloin residents …Truth to Tell weaves together themes of ancestry, cultural gas lighting, and the radical act of having each other’s backs in a participatory, multi-disciplinary performance style that has become the hallmark of Skywatchers’ works.

..Truth to Tell is co-created by the Skywatchers ensemble, directed by Anne Bluethenthal and Shakiri, and musically directed by the inimitable vocalist and choral director, Melanie DeMore. Participants and audience members will enjoy the music, dance, song, and visual art that makes Skywatchers not only an aesthetic experience, but a celebration of resistance to oppression, and an affirmation of community.

Featuring residents from the Senator, Cambridge, Iroquois, Hamlin, Dalt, and San Cristina hotels and participants from Larkin Street Youth Services, alongside jose e. abad, Malia Byrne, Gabriel Christian, Krista DeNio, and Shakiri.

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About Skywatchers

Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. ABD Productions initiated the Skywatchers program in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store Gallery.

Skywatchers is committed to justice and equity as a critique of the current societal structures that marginalize large segments of the population. Creative expression and artistry are the foundation of a unique set of methodological practices to resist, confront, expose, or intervene in those structures, working towards social change on the individual and systemic levels. We believe in the power of art and collective creative endeavors to transform lives, embody our interconnectedness, and infuse our lives with agency, possibility, and increased vitality. Skywatchers is structured on the belief that relationships are the first site of social change. We believe that large-scale transformation begins with intimate, interpersonal exchange and that all stakeholders—artists, residents, staff—are transformed in this process.

Visit www.abdproductions.org/skywatchers-2-2/ for more information.

Skywatchers is supported in part by SF Grants for the Arts, Sam Mazza Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, SF Arts Commission, California Arts Council, the Neighborhood Arts Collaborative of SFGFTA, and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Program.
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[Cover photo by Deirdre Visser]


October 26, 2017
October 27, 2017
$10 - $25
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