Abu Dhabi

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

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16 Jul - 11 Nov 2017
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out of 5
Very good
Nov 17, 2017
Band and performers were fantastic
Nov 14, 2017
The show was authentic to the book. Loved the music.
Nov 14, 2017
The music was amazing, Toshi did a great job!
Nov 13, 2017
The theme of Octavia's Butler's book appeared to center around the truth of God in all society. The show was able to intertwine different societal situations in life together regardless of country. Situations that polarize, that cause paranoia, that show how people search for something better. However, God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

The showcase of such young, upcoming talent that is a contrast to the talent that is well known today. The gifted voices, the harmony, the time span back to songs that represent the human experience of hope in the Gospels was refreshing.

We wish the entire team including the gifted musicians, God's very best.


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Exploding the form of an opera, a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

Based on the post-apocalyptic novel by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying work of political theater that harnesses three hundred years of Black music.

Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, Parable chronicles the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina amidst a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by climate change that has driven society to the brink. Parable fuses science fiction, African-American spiritualism, deep insights into gender and race, and climate activism to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization.

Co-commissioned by The Arts Center.

“Difficult to imagine a performance that could be more filmic, visceral or dramatic” – The National, UAE

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYUAbu Dhabi. It was developed in part during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY and fiscally sponsored by Cal Shakes. A Reagon Arts Production. Produced by Meiyin Wang.

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