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Created by multidisciplinary Venezuelan artist Migguel Anggelo, English with an Accent is a new, hybrid work of dance and theater, narrated in a storytelling song-cycle and backed by a company of dancers and singers, largely composed of immigrants. The story is a semi-autobiographical fable that follows the journey of a newly arrived caterpillar in New York City. Fleeing the crime and noxious dictatorship of Venezuela, and unsure of which direction his insect life is taking, the protagonist of the story wonders: is he really a caterpillar, or just a lowly worm? As the caterpillar explores the streets of New York City, he begins to question his own identity as well as the promise of the “American Dream.” The work reflects Anggelo’s own story, exploring the intersections of queer, Latino, and immigrant identities, as well as the role of the artist in contemporary society.

Co-presented with GALA Hispanic Theater. Commissioning support from the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College.

Sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.

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