Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wistariahurst Presents: Climbing PoeTree at the War Memorial


Wistariahurst, in collaboration with the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, presents Climbing PoeTree at the War Memorial, located at 310 Appleton St, Holyoke. Featuring an opening performance with Extraordinaiire. Concert is FREE and open to all. This concert will be held on February 26th.

Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing.

Alixa and Naima have taken their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree has been experienced at diverse venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the United Nations, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison.

They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Naomi Klein, and Angela Davis, who remarked, “Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world — and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture.”

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