give us liberty or give us dance

The Performing Diaspora festival, curated annually by CounterPULSE Theater, roves through time and history to celebrate diversity of culture and freedom of expression for two weeks this month. The second weekend of this year's festival features three works that focus on individual resistance. The Ginzburg Geography by Jewlia Eisenberg uses maps and vocal music to pay homage to the lives and work of Italian anti-fascist activists Natalia and Leone Ginzburg. Muisi-kongo Malonga's dance theater piece, Kimpa Vita!, focuses on 17th century Congolese political leader and religious prophet Mama Kimpa Vita, who was burned at the stake at age 22. Nava Dance Theater presents The Cloud Messenger by Nadhi Thekkek, a Bharatanatyam adaptation of Kalidasa's fifth century Indian poem about an exiled demigod who exhorts a rain cloud to carry a message to his beloved. This unlikely meeting of rebels happens nightly on the black box stage at Ninth and Mission.

Aug. 22-25, 8 p.m., 2013

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