Join us in the Harriet Tubman Theater for three live performances as part of the 2023 Truth & Healing Artist Showcase. This year’s Showcase is focused on the themes of healing, rebirth and reconnecting. Projects will explore and build upon the current artistic commentary of health and race and connect it with historical events and visions of a more equitable future.
3:00 p.m. | “Pato y Muerte” by Gabriel Martinez Rubio
“Pato y Muerte” is a playful dance-theater performance with a message suitable for children and adults. The original script was based on a German tale and reflects the understanding of death, friendship, and loyalty in Mexico and other Latin cultures. Death simply serves as a “friendly” reminder that, although we mourn, we also celebrate life, loyalty and friendship. Through this celebration, as well as the bonds we create with others, our loved ones continue living. This project also includes free dance workshops for children in Spanish and English, taking place in areas of the city accessible to diverse communities.
3:45 p.m. | “FLIPd” by K.A. Simpson
“FLIPd” is an episodic podcast exploring the historic places and spaces of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Utilizing narrative storytelling, archival audio and immersive soundscapes, it reframes our understanding of the region’s history by telling the often overlooked African American perspective.
4:15 p.m. | “Nomad” by Daniel Noel
“Nomad” is a series of songs written from the author’s experience over a two-year period. It explores life as an immigrant and the challenges that can exist between two polarized spaces. Themes of love, heartbreak, the pursuit of “fitting in,” the unintentional consequences of expressing “self” through hair, art and more fill the songs with a universality that ultimately points to healing and belonging.