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  • Title: Project 2050: Time Capsule
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:05:37
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2000
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Josh Arond; Tiffany Campbell; Cristina Delgado; Damaris Delgado; MJ Donoghue; Jamille Hazard; Aisha Jordan; Andre McPherson; Nuk Thann; Mikiko Thelwell
  • Credits: Roberta Uno with Keith Bailey, creator.

Project 2050: Time Capsule (2000)

One of New WORLD Theater’s artistic legacies is Project 2050, a multi-year youth arts initiative built on the demographic projection that people of color would become the majority in the United States by 2050. The program brought together professional artists, youth communities from Massachusetts, scholars, and community activists to engage civic dialogue and create original performances based on themes that addressed young performers’ dreams and concerns. Performances were created from workshops that included playwriting, poetry, breakdancing, drumming, beat boxing, lyricism, singing, songwriting, stepping, and visual art. In ‘Time Capsule,’ youth performers explore social-political issues that directly affect their lives. Difference in opportunities based on class, spread violence, the AIDS pandemic, racism, amongst other social and political issues, are embodied on stage and transmitted as concrete realities. The performers intertwine these issues to their own lives through narrative, gesture and song, building little pieces of a social fabric – and addressing a society where they are looking for their own place. From this very personal point of view, they critically evaluate how the world is in the present, and what they expect, fear, and hope for the future.


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