Pangea World Theater 
presents

THE BURNING TRUTH PROJECT
SUMMER 2022

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The first Burning Truth Project — a cabaret inspired evening of story and song — was presented in the summer of 2020 with a focus on responding to the murder of George Floyd and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This summer, we are re-mounting Burning Truth Project to continue this musical conversation and response to the events and circumstances in our city and around the globe. We still have truths burning within us, waiting to be expressed.

 

The Burning Truth Project (BTP) is a 90-minute performance that weaves together songs and story with a space to share and reflect some of the many thoughts, lessons and feelings we have been holding as a community since summer of 2020. We invite you to join us as we once again share what we have discussed and discovered together, in the Burning Truth Project. Presented as a part of Pangea World Theater's "Another World is Possible: Pangea Artists Envision" series.

The 2022 performances will include 1 live-streamed performance — a Friday evening performance  — from Walker|West in St. Paul, and 2 live shows — a Saturday evening show and a Sunday matinee — outdoors on the lawn at East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul.

Vocalists Andrina Brogden, Katia Cardenas and Sarah M. Greer are joined by Theo Brown on keys, Miguel Hurtado on drums, and Nii Mensah on bass, with TruArtSpeaks poets Fatima Camara and Donte Collins. Original artwork by Jordan M. Hamilton. 

Performances are free and open to the public; registration required. Donations accepted and appreciated here.

Performances

Livestream Performance (Crowdcast)

  • 6:30pm - Friday, June 3rd

Live Outdoor Performances*

  • 6:30 pm – Saturday, June 4th

  • 2:30 pm – Sunday, June 5th

 

Live performances to take place outdoors at: 

East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul, MN 55106

*These shows will be held outside. Some limited seating options will be available onsite, so please bring camp-chairs or blankets if you are able.

To access the indoor space/bathrooms at Eastside Freedom Library, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours. Proof of vaccination/negative test are NOT required to attend the outdoor shows. 

        
Many thanks to our collaborators: Pangea World Theater (whose Another World is Possible series sparked the first iteration of BTP), Eastside Freedom Library, TruArtSpeaks and Walker|West Music Academy.

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Burning Truth Project
Summer 2022
Program

Song and Poem List

 

(in performance order)

 

Bottom by Zap Mama

El Crucifijo de Piedra by Miguel Aceves Mejía

No Roots by Alice Merton

Abecedarian at the End of the World by Donte Collins (poem)

Storyteller by Sarah M. Greer

Brave by Sara Bareilles

Lost and Lookin by Sam Cooke 

Myth #9 by Donte Collins (poem)

Ooh Child by Five Stairsteps

Have Mercy by Eryn Allen Kane

Easier by Sarah M. Greer

Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

You Gotta Be by Des’ree

I Am Not My Hair by India.Arie

Me Too by Meghan Trainor

Two Dimensional by Sarah M. Greer

Be the Light by Sarah M. Greer

Past Performances
SUMMER 2020

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Livestream & Conversation with the Artists

A video recording of the full performance premiered online on Sunday, August 23rd at 5pm, followed by a discussion with the artists, moderated by Pangea World Theater's Co-Artistic Director, Meena Natarajan.


Live Performances
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 6pm - Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, September 20th, 2020 4pm - Burnsville, MN

Radio Feature
Listen to some of the artists talk about the making of The Burning Truth Project with KBEM's Phil Nusbaum on PRX.

PROGRAM

Burning Truth Project
Summer 2020

Program

As artists, we are used to processing through our creative work, and this pandemic has grossly limited our ability to respond and perform as we are used to. As the future of performing remains uncertain, we are grieving and also reeling in response to persistent injustice, the proliferation of hate, and our inability to dream beyond tomorrow. We have truths burning within us, waiting to be released.

Song List

 

(in performance order)

 

Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson

 

Love’s in Need of Love Today by Stevie Wonder

 

Arms of a Woman by Amos Lee

 

Soft Place to Land (from the musical, "Waitress") by Sara Bareilles

 

I Am Not My Hair by India.Arie

 

Two Dimensional by Sarah Greer

 

That I Would be Good by Alanis Morissette

 

Bottom by Zap Mama

 

Gravity by Sara Bareilles

 

You Gotta Be by Des’ree

 

I Was Here by Beyoncé

 

El Crucifijo de Piedra by Miguel Aceves Mejía

 

Think by Aretha Franklin

 

I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free by Nina Simone

 

Note to God by Jojo

 

Ooh Child by Five Stairsteps

Featured Artists

Andrina Brogden - AndrinaBrogden.com | IG: andrinabrogden

Katia Cardenas - KatiaCardenas.com | IG: katiasinging

Sarah M. Greer - SarahMGreer.com | FB.com/sarahmgreermusic

Kavyesh Kaviraj - FB.com/kavyeshkavirajmusic | IG: kavyeshkaviraj

WATCH THE 2020 PERFORMANCE