Miami, April 12, 2017 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts explores issues surrounding gun violence with Trigger, a social action performance piece with an intensive outreach component, at 8 p.m., Friday, Apr. 21, at MDC’s North Campus Lehman Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Developed by composer Byron Au Yong and poet Aaron Jafferis, Trigger tackles themes surrounding gun violence by incorporating community perspectives into a theatrical project which juxtaposes choral music and hip hop. In Act One, a local cast, composed mainly of MDC students, performs the core oratorio alongside their own original work developed in response to the theme. In Act Two, the audience becomes part of the performance by participating in a town hall segment, where they are invited to think about belonging and isolation, forgiveness and justice, freedom and safety—and asked to be active negotiators by joining a conversation about advocacy, a letter writing session, or a chance to learn more about organizations that deal with this topic.
Workshops and related events taking place across multiple MDC campuses connect the show with students and faculty to gather different perspectives and further extend conversations around the issue. Activities include a silent march, poetry readings, panel discussions and film screenings which will take place throughout the month of April leading up to the final performance.
“Trigger is a powerful project that has become a catalyst for discourse, expression and action around the issue of gun violence and how it effects communites here in Miami,” said Kathryn Garcia, MDC Live Arts’ executive director. “It has been an amazing process bringing together MDC students, faculty and community members with our invited artists around this issue.”
Trigger is a project of (Be)longing, a national initiative asking how we recover from violence and prevent its recurrence.
About Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis
Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation scored for Asian, European and handmade instruments. The Seattle Weekly calls his musical events “as exquisite and imaginative as they are unclassifiable.” Dedicated to intercultural, cross-disciplinary collaboration, Au Yong has developed works performed in concert halls, theaters, museums, and site-specific locations.
Aaron Jafferis is a hip-hop poet and playwright. Theatre projects Stuck Elevator, Kingdom and How to Break have been produced by The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre, and many others. A former Open Rap Slam champion at the National Poetry Slam Championships, Jafferis creates hiphop theatre Variety magazine calls “claustrophobic and expansive, intimate and existential, personal and political all at once.”
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To learn more about the 2016-17 MDC Live Arts Season, please call 305-237-3010, or visit mdclivearts.org.