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Camera Roll: Emerson Students Confront Social Justice Issues with Performance

by Pat Timmons, ’17

Earlier this winter, students taking a course called “To Be Heard” partnered with non-profit organization Be Heard World, a self-supporting community of artists seeking to create social change through storytelling and outreach. Formed in 2015, the organization is “dedicated to using film and performing arts to create new dialogues, promote change, and give voice to individuals and communities.”

Headed by professors Tom Kingdon and Thomas Vogel, the Emerson course was made up of poets, dancers, marketing students, and production students, who worked together to put on a production in the Semel Theater called “The Body Language Project,” a public performance combining poetry and dance. The course provided students from four different majors the unique opportunity to collaborate with one another and work with a real company. 

See below for photos from the dress rehearsal of the performance.


student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

student performers during dress rehearsal

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017

Photo: Derek Palmer 2017