SLĀV is a voyage into the universe of slave songs. Betty Bonifassi and six actors deliver an impressive performance of songs, laments and lullabies that have united humans dispossessed of everything.

SLĀV weaves connections between different pages of world history—some known and others less familiar, or intentionally forgotten—that have led people to enslave other people. Replete with images and video, the show transports us to the ancient origins of slavery, to the transatlantic slave trade, to the enslavement of Black Americans and their later emancipation, to mass incarceration, and to modern slavery. These heinous actions have damaged our society and continue to do so, leaving scars in their wake.

This highly visual musical-theatre performance pays homage to music as an instrument of resilience and freedom.


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