Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wastelands (Opera) Returns to Holyoke

Children of the Wild, a theatre and film ensemble previously in residence at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfiled, MA, will present three free performances of an original folk opera The Wastelands, stating at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center in downtown Holyoke, Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th.

A reimagining of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Purgatorio, The Wastelands takes audiences on an outdoor, visceral journey through the seven stages of grief, weaving music, movement, imagery, and local testimony in connection with local struggles to protect our communities from forces of oppression.

This performance marks the revival of The Wastelands in Western Mass where it first debuted in May 2016. Following that performance last year, Children of the Wild traveled from June to October across the Great Lakes basin from Buffalo to Minneapolis, performing in post-industrial sites and sacrifice zones. They are thrilled to bring this performance full circle by returning to Holyoke, MA a year later.

This event is made possible through support of the Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC), the Wauregan Building, El Mercado, and the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MiFA/Victory Theatre); and with community partners Nathalie Vicencio, Housing Rights Activist, and City Counselor Nelson Roman.

The performance runs for 75 minutes with a reception and dialogue to follow. It is free, open to the public, and meets ADA standards of accessibility. The performance is outdoors, involves traveling less than .2 miles, and proceeds rain or shine; please bring good walking shoes, a chair you can carry if you desire, and an umbrella if it looks like rain.

To learn more about Children of the Wild and The Wastelands, visit To find out more about the Holyoke Creative Arts Center, vist

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