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Shahnama - epic Xanthe Gresham - Sackler

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Shahnama - epic  Xanthe Gresham - Sackler

Time: October 13, 2010 all day
Location: Sackler Museum
Street: 485 Broadway,
City/Town: Cambridge, MA.
Event Type: story, concert, storytellingseries
Organized By: Ray Williams
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2010

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Join us on Wednesday, October 13th, for the first day of programming in the STORIES: THE EPIC TRADITION series

All sessions are free, open to the public, and take place at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, lecture hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
Xanthe Gresham
Gresham performs her own version of Firdawsi’s Shahnama, the most important work of epic poetry in the Persian language. She presents the heroic Rustam and his valiant steed, Rakhsh, in stories that offer new insights into the stunning paintings based on the Shahnama that are currently on view on the second floor of the Sackler Museum.

Gresham has worked extensively for the British Museum, has performed in festivals, schools, and libraries throughout Europe, and is a lecturer in storytelling and drama at the University of East London.

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6:00pm adult session event page:
Join us on Wednesday, October 13th, for the first day of programming in the STORIES: THE EPIC TRADITION series, which returns to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum this fall after the successful events with Jay O’Callahan, Surabhi Shah, and Linda Fang in March. In this incarnation of the Stories series, outstanding storytellers—exponents of the spoken word, song, and narrative dance—will present epics related to works of art on view in the Sackler Museum galleries. Each day of programming will have two sessions. The after-school sessions, designed for families (ages 6 and up), will feature shorter stories and a chance to see related works of art in the galleries. The evening sessions, intended for student and adult audiences, will begin with a brief talk about related objects in the collection by a museum curator or educator.

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Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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