Experience the 6th Annual Skywatchers Performance 'I Got A Truth To Tell' May 20th

 
Skywatchers leading a Tenderloin neighborhood procession. Courtesy of Skywatchers

Skywatchers leading a Tenderloin neighborhood procession. Courtesy of Skywatchers

 

Around here . . . we tend to express ourselves. This Saturday, May 20th, experience the transformative work of the Skywatchers ensemble as they blend music, poetry, dance, storytelling and more in the Tenderloin National Forest. The 6th Annual Skywatchers Performance, I Got A Truth To Tell, which "is the culmination of a year of community dialogue, storytelling, and artistic creation. . ."

From the event page, courtesy of ABD Productions and Skywatchers:

On Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, audience members will join our joyous twilight procession through the neighborhood and witness the stories of our ensemble at the Tenderloin National Forest. “I Got A Truth To Tell” is the culmination of a year of community dialogue, storytelling, and artistic creation around themes of ancestry, cultural gas lighting, and the radical act of having each other’s backs. Led 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:30pm - 9:30 Tenderloin National Forest, 509 Ellis Street, SF
Free admission. No tickets or reservations required.

Skywatchers is supported in part by San Francisco Grants For The Arts, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Neighborhood Arts Collaborative of SFGFTA.

Artist and choreographer Anne Bluethenthal of ABD initiated the Skywatchers program in 2011 in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store. Skywatchers illuminates the lives and stories of residents of the Tenderloin who are too often reduced to statistics. Fundamentally, the project is about the connectivity that is essential to the creative process, and the vital importance and humanizing impact of making visible the stories that make us who we are. We engage residents as storytellers, co-creators, performers, and audience members— working in close collaboration with ABD dancers and associated artists—in the creation of performance pieces that reflect the richness and complexity of their stories.”