New Hazlett Theater
June 5 & 6
Dance, theater, global economics and human rights will converge during this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Working in close collaboration with 15 Pittsburghers with disabilities—along with 30 of their family members, friends and caregivers, 15 singers from the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, professional actors and an economic philosopher played by artist/activist John Malpede—world-renowned French director Pascal Rambert is creating the work, A (micro) history of world economics, danced, as part of a residency with local nonprofit City of Asylum.
On June 5th and 6th, Pittsburgh will join select major international cities—including Paris, Tokyo, NYC, Los Angeles and Cairo—to host the production, which is quite distinct for each new site and the end result of an ambitious creative process.
Conceived by Rambert at the peak of the European economic crisis, the multi-disciplinary work explores a human collective economic history via movement, theater and personal stories shared by diverse community participants—ultimately conveying how the devastating world event has impacted people’s lives worldwide.
An interesting historical context to the show is that the Pittsburgh production coincides with the 25th anniversary celebration of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Created in partnership with France’s Théâtre de Gennevilliers, the insightful production will also explore universal and relevant questions about how economic value is created during times of great income disparity. Part of City of Asylum’s artist-in-the-community residency series, A (micro) history aims to give voice to individuals and communities who are often disenfranchised and marginalized, to create opportunities for meaningful civic engagement and to empower the creative potential of Pittsburgh and all of its residents.
The event is free but an RSVP is required.