A Community Response to Race: Making Until the Flood with Dael Orlandersmith

Traverse Theatre Company

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Following a sold out run of her revelatory play Until the Flood at the 2019 Traverse Festival, playwright and performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) presents a new event as part of our Happenings series.

In this exclusive piece, Dael discusses the journey of creating the play, the parallels between the America of 2014 - when the events of Until the Flood took place - and 2020, and reflects on how communities can respond to injustice through creativity.

This Happening includes extracts from Until the Flood, a full recording of which is also available to watch now.

We welcome you to respond either through commenting on the videos, using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media, or by joining us for the Happenings - Live Response Session on Tue 15 Dec, 7pm.

ABOUT HAPPENINGS

Every month we present pieces from artists, academics, cultural leaders, citizens or political representatives reflecting on an urgent societal issue, in their own way. They will aim to provoke and challenge as well as entertain, ultimately asking how we can create a more equitable society that gives a voice and a chance to everyone.

In October, to mark Black History Month, pieces by May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona explored the representation and misrepresentation of Black people. Alongside those pieces and this new Happening by Dael Orlandersmith, we’ll be hosting a live response session where you can ask your questions directly to the creators involved.

We welcome you to respond either through commenting on the videos, using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media, or by joining us for the Happenings - Live Response Session on Tue 15 Dec, 7pm.

Happenings are presented in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Image: Alex Brenner

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