RISING at Perform(art)ive
3401 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
RISING: Storytelling with Saris
a performance/installation by MONICA JAHAN BOSE
Performance assistant: Sham-e-Ali Nayeem
RISING is part of perform(art)ive, a performance art festival organized and curated by Twelve Gates Gallery
RISING speaks to climate change, using a 216-foot sari, water, and video projections. Images are projected onto saris and the bodies of performers. The movement of the performers and saris suggests storms, waves, and disruption of our ecosystem. The performance uses worn saris and video from STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a long term collaboration with 12 coastal women in Bangladesh who may be displaced by climate change. Audience members will be invited to join the performance and create a circle with the sari, which creates a sheer screen.
RISING explores connections between water and displacement, offering the hope of action and change. In South Asian culture, water symbolizes cleansing, death and rebirth.
Photo credit: Tony Hitchcock.