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Rural Academy Theater Tour
5 Jan 2014
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In horse-pulled wagons stocked with a bicycle-powered silent cinema, an Appalachian-balkan-brass-klezmer-dixieland-string ensemble, kinetic sculpture and their signature low-tech theater appliances, the newly formed Rural Academy Theater have staged their innovative performances in the town greens, theaters, college campuses, and pastures of Western North Carolina.

Central to the theater’s mission is to celebrate and call attention to the rural, in opposition to the global urbanization of our culture, economy, food, media, education and art. “While most theater and communication systems at present promote high tech, expensive and therefore exclusive models, we will present a distinctly low tech, inexpensive, inclusive model,” said Noah Harrell, Gabriel’s brother and co-founder of the company. Of the project’s socially minded agenda and community volunteer/workshop opportunities, Noah adds, “We feel such a model empowers individuals and communities to speak for themselves, facilitating the discussion of local social justice issues and connects communities through socially minded art.”

Rural Academy Theater is based out of Burgaw, NC and has been producing various kinds of theater internationally since 2006.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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Performance Theater Avant-Garde Cross-Cultural Education In the Streets Local Rural YORA Youth Activism Festival/Celebration Performance Southeast
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