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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drive Denizen: Jabbar al Janabi

Spreading the love! Jabbar Al Janabi proudly shows off the poster for his latest project, ANU 6, Love.





ANU was inspired by the story of the Sumerian Sky God, Anu, who had one major responsibility: to learn to illuminate the other Gods’ creative powers to create the Universe. That idea evolved among the destructive flashes and residues of the first Iraq War. What if—in that moment of explosive light—the result could be pure creation, instead of pure destruction? it was primarily the Director’s experiences during that War that guided his vision, and the resulting predecessors for ANU, which were performed throughout the Middle East.

During the performance, the director’s job, unseen, from above the amphitheatre, is to literally shine the light (of creation) on artists. This is their call to enter the narrative according to the texture of the moment, and build an engaging story. They do this in spontaneous arias, curious fragments of thought, bone-chilling ensembles, sweeping movements, and explosions of color and light. Sometimes concurrently, often sequentially, or solo. The performance is usually done in three movements, or, in triptych.

Each project has the goal of creating strong enough personal and professional links among the artists to sustain spontaneous, rigorous collaborations that tell a story, and entertain and engage the audience. To do that, artists must be open to the story as they create it.

Through three days of formal rehearsals and informal gatherings, artists learn each other’s distinct languages: their instruments, its personal and cultural significance, technical capabilities, artistic approach, and potential cues to see, hear, and feel to respond, and support each other to maximize creative potential.


ANU 6 happens November 20th, at 8pm @ the Roundhouse
and
FREE open rehearsals at the roundhouse exhibition hall

Nov. 5 & 12 7pm.
Nov.16 1pm.
Nov. 19 dress r

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