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Date: March 07, 2020

Time: 8:00 PM

City: San Francisco, California

Venue: ODC Theater

Presenter: The Living Earth Show

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From The Living Earth Show’s Facebook page: “The Living Earth Show celebrates its 10th birthday with the launch of an annual festival. The inaugural T.L.E.S.tival offers two of The Living Earth Show’s most iconic collaborative productions, presented at San Francisco’s ODC Theater.

Echoes, a spoken word chamber opera, is a meditation on, interrogation of, and ode to San Francisco: the magical, troubling, and overwhelmingly complicated place all these artists call home. Composer Danny Clay, whose music is deeply rooted in curiosity and collaboration, worked closely with the artists and students to develop a piece that integrates elements of poetry, sound, and theater.

“The Living Earth Show is honored to join forces with two of San Francisco’s most influential arts organizations to bring this work to vivid life. Kronos Quartet has spent four and a half decades redefining what a string quartet can be by responding to the world we share and expanding the understanding of music’s role as a powerful force in society.

“Youth Speaks, a force for good in San Francisco’s cultural life since its inception, represents an almost impossibly influential and impactful synthesis of artistic creation, education, and activism for otherwise underserved urban youth. Youth Speaks’ Ashely Smilely offers: ‘Echoes is a piece that sits deep within my heart not only because I was born and raised in San Francisco, but because it was also such a tremendous challenge to expand my artistry. Being able to share my heartbreak over the city that I love and its rapid dissolve through Echoes also allows me to have an honest conversation with audience members, whether they are from the City or not, about the City I knew and the City I see now and how it truly makes me feel on every level. I hope that Echoes provides inspiration for not only for San Francisco natives (especially those of color) but other communities in other cities that are experiencing the same things and maybe even inspire them to create an Echoes of their own.’

“‘An emotionally impactful, timely, and original performance,’ wrote Nastia Voynovskaya for KQED Arts about the 2017 premiere presented by SF Performances. ‘Echoes did the important work of fostering a conversation across racial and class lines—one that rarely happens in an increasingly segregated Bay Area.’”

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