Chicago's Manual Cinema brings ingenious, inventive tribute to beloved poet to the Chan Centre

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      (Community announcement by the Chan Centre)

      Using exquisite puppetry, shadow play, video projection, and a six-piece live band, the ceaselessly inventive artists of Manual Cinema pay tribute to the legacy of Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks: the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize.

      Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was an icon of American literature. The first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize, she died in 2000 after a lifetime of heroic endeavours—not only as an artist, but as a teacher, mentor, and advocate. In her hometown of Chicago, she worked for decades to help foster the literary scene, speaking truth to power and empowering others. This stunning production that celebrates Brooks’ radical life and legacy was written by poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall with a live score composed by Ayanna Woods and Jamila Woods, and will be brought to life onstage by multimedia troupe Manual Cinema.

      In their 2017 Vancouver debut, Manual Cinema wowed a sold-out Chan Centre audience with Ada/Ava, a remarkable, poignant piece on aging. Adventurous and ceaselessly inventive, the group combines cinema with the experience of live theatre in a “spectral parade of fantastical images” (The New York Times) that is unlike anything you have seen before—or will see again.


      February 24, 2019 at 7pm.

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