Selecting Ethan Philbrick as one of the last Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant recipients has proven to be a wise move: Philbrick uses dance and performance as tools for activism and social engagement in a seemingly perpetual succession of new works. This Saturday, Findlay Market — as socially blended an area of our local culture as there is — will be the site for “project cincinnatUS,” a large-scale participatory performance themed around the concept “What ties us together and what pushes us apart.” Collaborating with Kira Neel, a New York-based performer, and 83 juniors from Clark Montessori High School, project cincinnatUS will enact street theater pieces in various places throughout the market from noon until 2 p.m. The performers hope to ask and answer questions like, "Where do you feel at home? Where do you feel excluded? Is your voice heard? What is your role in your city? What is the Cincinnati of your dreams? What do you want to change about Cincinnati? How are you going to change it, and why?” This marks the start of a yearlong project, with other performances around the city in the works.
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