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School Performance: Manual Cinema: No Blue Memories—The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (KCYS)

This performance is part of the Krannert Center Youth Series, school-day performances for public, private, and home schools, grades PreK-12.

The humble overhead projector becomes a tool for movie-like magic in the hands of the performance collective Manual Cinema. Using handmade shadow puppets, immersive audio, live video feeds, and a lot of ingenuity, this award-winning troupe breathes life and dimension into their imaginative productions. No Blue Memories—The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks tells the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. Brooks was a civil rights icon, an Illinois poet laureate, and the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner as well as a treasured educator and mentor. Her legacy lives on at the University of Illinois, where her papers are held at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. In Manual Cinema’s contemporary, theatrical rendering scripted by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall and commissioned by the Poetry Foundation, striking visuals combine with poetry, storytelling, and original, live music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods for an inspiring tale of identity, politics, and one of the most remarkable American literary careers.

Connects to Illinois Standards in Fine Arts, Social/Emotional Learning, and English Language Arts.

Recommended for grades 5 and up

Performance length: 70 minutes

Academic Partner

  • Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Ward & Associates, Realtors, Inc., Debora M. Auble

Campaign for Young Audiences

  • Phyllis & Kyle Robeson, Lead Sponsors
  • Gertrude Brokaw McCloy Endowment
  • Clarette & Zvi Ritz
  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Dr. Donna Murray Tiedge & Robert Tiedge
  • Anke & Paul Tucker
  • Stevie Jay Broadcasting (Q96, ESPN 93.5, US1059, Christian FM 95.3)

Youth Series Programming

  • The Spodek Family in memory of Bernard Spodek
  • Ann H. Bender Youth Series Endowment
  • The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)
  • Jane & Christian Scherer
  • Diane Gottheil
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Jill & James Quisenberry
  • Anne & David Sharpe
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts

Krannert Center thanks our Youth Series sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support. We hope you will consider joining them, to ensure Krannert Center’s vibrancy now and for generations to come. Learn more about supporting the Youth Series »

Event Details

Colwell Playhouse
We Nov 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Th Nov 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Fr Nov 30, 2018 - 10:00am
$5/Ticket Payment Due: Th Nov 1, 2018