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THE HEART OF ART
with ELISA BROWN
Episode Three: Catherine Filloux
Sunday, September 28 at 8:00pm
Tickets $35-55
 
The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown explores the power of art to shape society. The show features enlightening, intimate and entertaining live performances and conversations with world-established artists from around the globe. Each episode spotlights artists who intentionally create works of art – music, dance, visual and the spoken word – that merge with the viewer's heartfelt experience of the subject matter at hand, provoking a positive outcome in the viewer’s life, be it philosophical, political, social, economic, religious, inspirational or personal well-being.

Episode Three of The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown will focus on the art and artistry of playwright Catherine Filloux, an award-wining French-American playwright and opera librettist who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over 20 years.  Ms. Filloux’s works have been produced around the world.

Part 1 will feature readings from Ms. Filloux’s play Lemkin’s House, with performances by internationally distinguished directors/playwrights Ian Strasfogel and Jean Randich, and political rights proponent, Jan. H. Brown. Lemkin’s House is the story of the Polish Jew and American immigrant lawyer Raphael Lemkin who coined the word genocide in 1944. In a tumultuous afterlife, Lemkin learns that the international law he campaigned for against genocide may have been for naught.  There will also be a discussion of Ms. Filloux’s most recent work, Selma ’65, a one-woman play commissioned by actress Marietta Hedges about the civil rights movement and the KKK. Ms. Brown will perform an aria from the opera The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown, a story of Chinese immigrants who struggle to assimilate into the US culture (Jason Kao Hwang, composer; Catherine Filloux, librettist.)

Part 2 will delve into Ms. Filloux’s works on Cambodia and the subject of genocide during the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Ms. Brown will perform an aria from New Arrivals, an opera based on the true-life experiences of Cambodian refugee Yani Rose Keo (John Glover, composer; Catherine Filloux, librettist).  Excerpts from Ms. Filloux’s play Photographs from S-21 will be performed by actors Michelle Ang and Jose Gamo. Photographs from S-21 is the story of two photos that come to life in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The photos are of a young Cambodian woman and man whose photos were taken by the Khmer Rouge right after removing their blindfolds, moments before their execution. Ms. Srey Pov Phoeun, one of Cambodia's leading singers of smot–a 5th century art form central to the country's Theravada Buddhism–will perform a smot chant mourning the passing of so many at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Elisa Brown (Host) is dedicated to helping others through the Arts. A trained classical singer, Ms. Brown has been a featured soloist on stages worldwide and throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall. She has performed around the world for The UN, The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO, and other philanthropic organizations to raise awareness for the disenfranchised. Off-Broadway, she performed the lead role in the Italian Baroque-inspired Spirito e Core conducted by Kenneth Cooper, a show she created and produced.  Ms. Brown recently created an original, transformational theatrical production entitled Shine On New World. A story of hope, healing, and connection, Shine fuses the amazing power of music, movement, the spoken word and sumptuous visual landscapes to break down the barriers that separate us one from another. Ms. Brown’s debut CD, The Ave Maria Experience, and her second CD, New World, were co-written/co-arranged with Grammy-winner, Barry Goldstein.  She premiered New World in a live performance for the 2012 UN World Peace Day, the United Nations official event celebrating world peace in Linzhou, Henan Province, China, Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Catherine Filloux (Guest Artist) is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over 20 years. Recent productions include: Selma ‘65, her play about the civil rights movement and the KKK, at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an Artist-in-Residence; her play Luz also premiered at La MaMa and was produced at Looking for Lilith in Louisville, Kentucky; published by NoPassport Press. Ms. Filloux recently went on an overseas reading tour to Sudan and South Sudan organized by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program; and her play The Beauty Inside was produced in Northern Iraq, in the Kurdish language, by ArtRole. Ms. Filloux is the librettist for three operas, and has been commissioned by the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House) to write the libretto for a new opera, which will premiere in 2019. Ms. Filloux’s more than 20 plays have been produced in the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Filloux is featured in the documentary film, Acting Together on the World Stage, co-created by Dr. Cynthia E. Cohen and filmmaker Allison Lund. She is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and has served as a speaker for playwriting and human rights organizations around the world. 

The Heart of Art is presented by Conscious Evolution Media and will be filmed live for broadcast on PBS in the Fall of 2014.




  
 
 
 
 
Interested in your own Sunday Series? Contact  David Flora, Sunday Series Coordinator.
 

 

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