Please join us on Sunday, October 20th at 7:30pm for the World Premiere of The Silent Voices, a new work choreographed by Guanglei Hui and commissioned by the Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program.
“The Silent Voices” aims to express the agitation and turmoil that characterizes the barriers to acclimating into American life. A dream many people have is one in which they make an effort to scream but are unable to produce a sound, explains Guanglei. “This is the situation for those who are newly arrived in America. The barriers to entry into mainstream American life are overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable. Language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and uncertain legal status, as well as a recent climate of increased hostility and intolerance, have left the newly arrived immigrant in a position of vulnerability but with a meager ability to produce an audible sound and be heard.” Being an immigrant himself, Guanglei utilizes his own experiences and emotions to highlight the voices of people who are easily neglected in this fast-paced world.
“A dream many people have is one in which they make an effort to scream but are unable to produce a sound. This is the situation for those who have newly arrived in America.”— Guanglei Hui, Choreographer
This new, original work is commissioned by the Queens Council on the Art’s Artist Commissioning Program.
Please note: this event is taking place after the museum’s regular open hours and the museum’s galleries, as well as the Panorama, will not be open to the public during this special presentation. To attend this event, please use the museum entrance facing the Grand Central Parkway. The entrance facing the Park will not be open. Free parking is available in the museum parking lot.
About the Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program:
Designed to democratize the traditional commissioning process, the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) enables local community members, or “Art Producers” to award Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation of new, original work that fills gaps in American culture by telling an untold story.
Free and open to the public upon registration, the show will run for approximately one hour with a reception with light refreshments to follow.
Registration is required!
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) is made possible by generous funding from the Scherman Foundation as well as supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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