From time immemorial, the human experience has been deeply shaped by efforts to procure and maintain shelter, or a home, both personal and collective. Arguably our first true encounter with such notions of home are rooted in the self-awareness that our bodies house our thoughts, emotions, and identities. Hence, we’ve organized a series of vignettes that engage with how beauty, violence, and trauma impact our bodies. DJ AfroQbano, performing artist Melissa DuPrey, storyteller Lily Be, vocalist Khari Lemuel, and the multidisciplinary Frog Belly Collective will each explore this thematic configuration through comedy, storytelling, sound, ritual, and movement, and ask not only what bearing do external forces have on how we negotiate such body-centered phenomena, but also what is revealed when we consider the body as the primordial home?
MAY 12 / 6:00PM
Hosted by Coya Paz
Produced by Arif Smith
Artists AfroQbano, Melissa DuPrey, Khari Lemuel, Lily Be, and Frog Belly Collective (Jennifer Ligaya, Laura Cambron, Jonathan Pacheco, + Arif Smith)
CART will be available this night.
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.