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At War With Ourselves

Created by two of the countrys most esteemed artists, composer Michael Abels and poet Nikky Finney, and brought to life by the most legendary ensemble in contemporary classical music, the Kronos Quartet, At War With Ourselves - 400 Years of You is an evening-length oratorio that explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights. Finneys evocative poetry, which directly inspired Abels music, was written in 2019, the 400th anniversary of the African presence in America. The intimate, emotionally charged text in turns both bold and seductive, and always deeply personal flits throughout history, with allusions to slave ships, Harriet Tubman, black astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos. In Finneys words, the work is addressed to both black and white, both enslaved and free, bystander and nonbystander. We were then and now, At War With Ourselves. All of us, one human battlefield.
  • Start:April 17, 2022
  • End:April 17, 2022
  • Recurring
  • Where:ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest Avenue Tempe, AZ 85281 United States of America,, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, 85281
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  • Event Type: Arts & Theater
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