Pangea World Theater
THE BURNING TRUTH PROJECT
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. Original artwork by Jordan M. Hamilton.
Performances are free and open to the public; registration required. Donations accepted and appreciated here.
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.
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.
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 6pm - Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, September 20th, 2020 4pm - Burnsville, MN
Listen to some of the artists talk about the making of The Burning Truth Project with KBEM's Phil Nusbaum on PRX.
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.
(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
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
Tips graciously accepted by the musicians via Venmo @Katia-Cardenas or PayPal ykcardenas [at] gmail.com
For booking, feedback and inquiries regarding The Burning Truth Project, please contact us here.