The ASU Gammage 2019-2020 Beyond Season is a mix of special shows you won’t see anywhere else. This season will include the return of Artistic Director and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kyle Abraham and the Bessie-award winning production of HOME. This season will also showcase Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World.
For more than 25 years, Beyond has brought world-class artists into the community by presenting compelling work while connecting with Valley residents through artist residency programs, master classes, and public performances.
The ASU Gammage 2019-2020 Beyond Season Includes:
ASU Symphony Concert/Toward a More Perfect Union
Saturday, October 5, 2019—7 p.m.
A LOVING ASPIRATION: A PROTEST.
ASU Gammage in collaboration with the ASU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jeffery Meyer presents TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION, a theatrical concert with film and spoken word, highlighting new works and powerful compositions that speak to the challenges of our times in beautiful and moving ways. Featuring works by Tamar-kali (Mudbound – Academy Award Nominated Film), Daniel Bernard Roumain (New York Times top 10 classical new works – WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED), Joel Thompson (ASU Projecting All Voices Fellow), Carlos Simon (Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow), renowned spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Grammy®-winners Martha Gonzalez and Joan Tower.
Sponsored by Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey
Saturday, October 19, 2019—7 p.m.
Created by Geoff Sobelle, HOME is a large-scale performance project that revolves around the life-cycle of a house. Created through a mix of illusion, choreography, construction and live documentary, HOME illuminates the messiness of life that transforms a house into a home. HOME aims to awaken us to the current landscape of housing. The universal and timely themes of gentrification and migration are rendered in the choreography of ordinary people inhabiting and leaving a structure.
Sponsored by Rojon and Jay Hasker
KEALOHA - THE STORY OF EVERYTHING
Saturday, October 26, 2019—7 p.m.
THE STORY OF EVERYTHING is a creation story (in epic poem format) that traces our origins from the big bang to now, using science, poetry, storytelling, visual art, music, ‘oli [chant] and dancing. It explores the question “Where do we come from?” not only us as human beings but also our earth and universe, and takes us on a whirlwind of science, story and culture on a journey to the present – humans today and our stewardship of the earth and of each other.
Saturday, November 23, 2019—7 p.m.
Internationally recognized dancer, Artistic Director and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kyle Abraham returns with his company A.I.M to the ASU Gammage stage this November. A.I.M intertwines sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. Representing dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds, the performers of A.I.M create fresh and unique movement.
January 17-February 1, 2020
Two young orphaned brothers embark on a desperate odyssey to freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe, in a heart-wrenching road story of terror, hope and survival. Mixing graphic novel with exquisite diorama, FLIGHT draws you into its fragile miniature world and allows you to contemplate its gripping story of two children lost in dangerous lands.
Sponsored by Hope Leibsohn | Sherman and Howard LLC and Steven Leibsohn | Wetzel's Pretzels
DANCING EARTH- BETWEEN UNDERGROUND AND SKYWORLD
Saturday, January 25, 2020—7 p.m.
BETWEEN UNDERGROUND AND SKYWORLD is a multimedia dance theater work that will illuminate the practical, spiritual and cultural aspects of renewable energy, combining diverse intertribal perspectives with Indigenous futurities. Fusing tradition with technology, Indigenous interdisciplinary artists engage creation and constellation stories in tandem with geo-sensitive new media to conjure visions for a more sustainable future.
Sponsored by APS
CONTRA-TIEMPO- joyUS justUS
Saturday, February 15, 2020—7 p.m.
CONTRA-TIEMPO returns to ASU Gammage with joyUS justUS. This urban Latin dance theatre experience takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy has always been at the root. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy.
Sponsored by Marcia and Andrew Meyer in honor of The Be Kind People Project
Thursday, October 8, 2020—7 p.m.
Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg — which was the first-of-its-kind political satire show in the Middle East. Throughout its three seasons, AlBernameg became the most popular television show in Egypt’s history, with an average of 30 million viewers every week. Currently living in the U.S., Youssef was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people, under the “Pioneers” category, and continues to challenge power with one of the most powerful weapons: humor.