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Dionysia 2017 – The Houston Book of the Dead: How to Live

Thursday, April 27
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Houston, Texas 77003

The Center for Creative Work (CCW) will present its Ninth Annual Dionysia, titled The Houston Book of the Dead: How to Live.

This year we turn to the ancient and revered art of honoring the dead. These will be stories speaking to a give-and-take between the living and the dead, a relationship not without danger, but one which sustains all we have and know.

Dionysia 2017 will feature UH and Texas Southern University (TSU) students reading stories of confronting death, of remembering their ancestors.

Residents at New Hope Housing will share their journeys of joy, struggle and renewal.

TSU professor and playwright Thomas Meloncon crafts a new play bringing back a 1960’s Third Ward, featuring the Eldorado Ballroom.

The Menil Collection will host an afternoon of art and activism looking back at the engagement of John and Dominique de Menil in the Civil Rights movement, and forward to current social activism in Houston.

We’ll conclude our travels with a performance at the Silos on Sawyer by composer and singer Misha Penton.


Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Chapter One: Calling Forth our Ancestors’ Voices: Stories from TSU/UH Students
Honors College Commons
4333 University Blvd, Room 212

Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
Chapter Two: Houstonians share their life journeys
New Hope Housing
4415 Perry Street

Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Chapter Three: The Eldorado Ballroom Musical (Thomas Meloncon)
Eldorado Ballroom, Project Row Houses
2310 Elgin Street at Dowling

Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
Chapter Four: Art and Activism in Houston
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross

Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
Chapter Five: Misha Penton performance
Silos at Sawyer Street
1502 Sawyer Street

Each Spring, the Center for Creative Work produces and performs an original translation of Greek tragedy or comedy during the traditional festival time for the Athenian city Dionysia. Directors, choreographers, costumers, musicians, and actors from the Honors College and Houston community combine to create a performance steeped in research and creative development.

The future of Dionysia lies in its ability not only to bring together the UH community, but also to reach out to the city of Houston through performances and conferences.

Previous productions have included the Iliad, Electra, Aristophanes’ The Frogs, and Euripedes’ Children of Herakles.

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