HEART OF AMERICA
Watch a 5 minute excerpt. To see the full performance click HERE.
HEART OF AMERICA is an original performance work that brings to life 35 immigrant stories—from Yemen to Guatemala and from Vietnam to East Texas—through music, dance, aerial arts, puppetry, and video effects. Drawn from over 400 oral history interviews, they are verbatim accounts of ordinary people overcoming extraordinary challenges of war, poverty and prejudice in their quest for a better life for themselves and their families. The stories are sometimes harrowing, sometimes sublime, always compelling. They are, in a real sense, America’s new Ellis Island stories.
In a time of rampant xenophobia and thinly veiled racism, HEART celebrates the ability of the human spirit to take flight and is a visceral reminder that we have all come to America as travelers from some other place and time.
We created HEART because we fell in love with these children and their stories, and we want audiences to do the same. In this darkest of times we need to open a crack in the easy cynicism and division that infects every part of our society today—including the arts.
As Leonard Cohen sang, "That's how the light gets in."
Helen Stoltzfus and Albert Greenberg
Eloquent...seamlessly flowing...beautifully executed...joyful...makes us all a bit wiser. - SF Chronicle.