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Created by multidisciplinary, Venezuelan American 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 ten dancers. 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, he wonders how to honor his potential as a caterpillar-when so many others assume he is 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 ongoing exploration of the intersections of queer, Latino, and immigrant identities, as well as the role of the artist in contemporary society.

Creada por el artista multidisplinario venezolano-americano Migguel Anggelo, Inglés con acento es una nueva pieza híbrida de danza y teatro, narrada musicalmente y con 10 bailarines en escena. Es una fábula semi-autobiográfica sobre el camino recorrido por una oruga recién llegada a la ciudad de Nueva York tras huir de la galopante delincuencia y la dictadura de Venezuela. Inseguro del rumbo que toma su vida, el protagonista de la historia se pregunta cómo honrar su potencial como una oruga cuando muchos asumen que es solo un gusano. Al tiempo que la oruga explora las calles de Nueva York, comienza a cuestionar su propia identidad y la promesa del “sueño americano”. La pieza refleja la constante exploración de Anggelo sobre la intersección de las identidades gay, latina e inmigrante, y el rol del artista en la sociedad contemporánea.

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

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From event sponsor Susan S. Angell:

"Whether a player or audience member, we participate in the universe of the arts."

I recently ran across a paragraph by country singer Willie Nelson that struck me. He said, “We are all the same. There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel, and love, and music seems to be the common denominator that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.”

Thank you for saying it so well, Willie. What we hear grew from what came before. Some pieces and stories we can hear hundreds of times and never tire of. They always speak to us. New sounds and words take us to worlds unexplored in our imaginations. Whether a player or audience member, we participate in the universe of the arts.

Enjoy and peace to all.

Susan S. Angell

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Susan S. Angell; Pepco, An Exelon Company; and Jenny Bilfield and Joel Phillip Friedman.

This is one of eleven 2021/22 Season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional 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.

Mars

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Pepco, An Exelon Company