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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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ArtsEmerson: “/peh-LO-tah/”

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - May 5 @ 2:00 pm

Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s love of soccer is a heritage story. As a child of Haitian immigrants, the blissful freedom of the soccer field represented the race toward the American Dream.

Using spoken word and fútbol-inspired choreography, /peh-LO-tah/ travels from the pickup games in rural Haiti to the World Cup stadiums of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, all while combating the discrepancies of a game that promises freedom, yet suffers from racial inequities. An exploration of childhood fantasies and global realities, /peh-LO-tah/ is a multidisciplinary performance set to sounds of hip-hop and samba that celebrates the joy of soccer as perhaps the only game the entire world can agree to play together.

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May 1 @ 7:30 pm
May 5 @ 2:00 pm
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