Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem
A Multimedia Performance in Words,
Images, Music and Dance
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m.
Admission is free. Reservations required.
Called Gypsy, Tsigan, Gitane, Cygane, Zigeuner, the Roma people have wandered the world for a thousand years. They’ve been romanticized but also brutally persecuted. Join us for a powerful multimedia performance based on Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, an acclaimed book-length poem written by USC professor and poet Cecilia Woloch. The work intertwines Woloch’s personal journey of identity with the larger forces that have shaped the Roma people’s fate and fortunes. This moving performance will include Flamenco music and dance by José Cortés, Ethan Margolis and Cihtli Ocampo, celebrating the lyrical fire of the Gypsy spirit. The evening will be introduced by Los Angeles former California Poet Laureate Carol Muske Dukes. A discussion will follow moderated by Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, and featuring Romani activist and scholar Dr. Ian Hancock from the University of Texas. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. For more info, click here.
This event is presented at USC as part of the Visions and Voices initiative. The performance incorporates poetry, music, dance and film to comprise “a live documentary.”