“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference cause un choque, a cultural collision.” – Gloria Anzaldua
The knit of identity is bound with contradiction and complexity. Join filmmaker André Perez, Rasquachismo artists William Camargo and Yvette Mayorga, dancer Dmitri Peskov, the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, and youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as we explore themes of displacement, wellness, shame, and the relationships between place and body, culture and identity. Through our multiple disciplines, we will interweave and reinvent our notions of home.
MAY 16 / 6:00PM
Hosted by André Perez
Produced by Irina Zadov
Artists Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Youth Empowerment Performance Project, William Camargo + Yvette Mayorga, Dmitri Peskov
CART available upon request. Please request a week in advance.
In a time of heightened xenophobia and racial polarization, Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF) invites strangers into each other’s homes to share an intimate meal, experience transformative art, and build intentional community across lines of difference. We aim to provide a platform for artistic exchange within neighborhoods that have experienced systemic disinvestment; center narratives by and about artists of color, women and femmes, migrants and immigrants, LGBTQ folks, and artists with disabilities; and curate performances and conversations that directly disrupt injustice.
Every night we ask guests to turn to a stranger and share the story of their journey to the venue. We ask guests to see who is in the room and why — but we also ask who is not there: what physical, political, economic and cultural structures prevent or dissuade equal access to spaces. Not everyone can make it to our homes. Most homes in Chicago and in the festival are not accessible as outlined under the American Disabilities Act, so each night, in art and in conversation, we explore the ways by which culture and institutions shape how people navigate public and private spaces.