Tangier to Philadelphia: ALL PLACES FROM HERE PLAY

Maroc-USA collab: The films + stories + art from my Fulbright project with the talented street kids Morocco (from the associations of Darna, Al Wafa, Dar Lekbira) is being made for a cross cultural theater production with BLTC company in Philadeplhia USA. The production is called All Places From Here, (a phrase I kidnapped from my travels abroad in Morocco and Jordan.) If you in Philly, tonight, June 4th is 1st public ‘work in progress’ presentation of the collaboration which we have been working on. Check out the facebook invite here:: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148786641859444

The final theater production of the stories will be live at the Philly Fringe Festival in September.

I wish I could be in Philly to see the work in progress but I’m currently in Kashmir carrying on with the Lollipops Crown workshops with the kids of the CHINAR orphanage.

Wish kids in Maroc could see the theater work being done with Bright Light Theater Company. The kids of Darna, AL Wafa, and Dar Lekbira should be proud. It is their voices, their stories, their films, their spirit which has inspired this production.

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All Places From Here
a cross cultural collaboration

 

TOMORROW NIGHT AT 9:00pm!

The Courtyard of the  

Arts Parlor

Saturday, June 4th at 9pm

a public work-in-progress showing of our newest piece

 

Bright Light Theatre Company has teamed up with NYC-based Fulbright ScholarMohsin Mohi-Ud-Din in order to bring to life the multi-dimensional arts and music youth program, Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative.   By utilizing live music, dance, and uniquely crafted projections of the short films from Tangier, BLTC will create a full-length multi-media performance.

Presented as part of the LIVE ARTS/FRINGE FESTIVAL

September 2-17

Join us on June 4that 9:00pm for the work-in-progress performance and interactive talk-back with the production team of  

All Places From Here!

The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA

It’s FREE!!

Closing Reception to Follow- Wine, Cheese and Hummus

AllPlaces_promo_1
Concept created in collaboration between Bright Light Theatre andMohsin Mohi-Uh-Din.

All Lollipops Crown material was created by the kids

of Darna, Dar Lekbira, and Al Wafa Youth Associations and the ASCMP Drug Clinic. 


More Information on Lollipops Crown Morocco 

Also find out about Mohsin’s current project in Kashmir

A YEAR IN REVIEW: A Look Back at 2010- from MOROCCO to MALAYSIA to NEW YORK CITY

Here is a look back at 2010–Fulbright project: Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative–Morocco:

I: ALBUM OF SOLO MUSIC AND MUSIC WORKSHOPS FROM LOLLIPOPS CROWN MOROCCO

-Recordings of music workshops w/ street children from DARNA and patients at the ASCMP drug clinic, interviews about the project, and free solo music from MOHSIN, written in Morocco.  Listen and donate to the Fulbright Project: Lollipops Crown Music/Arts Initiative Album 2010: Album here: www.mohsin.bandcamp.com

Sample: Track # 9: WORKSHOP W/ ASCMP DRUG CLINIC and Heroin Addicts

come look, listen DEMO w_ ASCMP

As part of my Fulbright project, I was conducting music and film workshops with heroin addicts receiving care at the ASCMP Clinic in Tangier. This clinic is the only one of its kind in the Northern Morocco and it was there I met the poet Mohammed and a singer named Hana. Before her addiction, Hana wanted to be a professional singer. Mohammed loved rapping. Hana was a sweet soul but one could see her sorrow in the somber smile. Mohammed was quite shy and his arms were wrapped in gauze to protect his wounds. Yet once we got together to make music, their music, there was a real energy and optimism and pride felt within the clinic’s examination room where we recorded the song. On this particular workshop, I had my brother Din, lead singer of zerobridge, come with me to work on a song with Hana and Mohammed.

The song was based on a poem written by Mohammed called Aji, Shouf, Sma’a, or Come, Look, Listen. It is about how one can fall into fatal addictions from smaller, lesser addictions, from poverty, from boredom, from a fear of having no way out.  Mohammed had written a very insightful an sincere story about addiction and Hana was brave enough to sing the chorus in a voice that is truly rich, beautiful, and telling of the hardships she has faced. The verses are sung in spoken word forum. (Mohammed is a big Eminem fan.)

Special thanks to Hicham and Hanan, two brilliant social workers who are leading efforts to care for the addicts at ASCMP Clinic.

TO HEAR ALBUM VISIT: WWW.MOHSIN.BANDCAMP.COM

II. PRESENTATIONS AND SCREENINGS of Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative Morocco

-CINEMA RIF, MORoCCO + U.S EMBASSY MOROCCO

-WORLD ISLAMIC ECONOMIC FORUM–MALAYSIA

III. THE ASIA SOCIETY REPORT, CREATIVE VOICES IN MUSLIM WORLD, WRITES ABOUT LOLLIPOPS CROWN


My Fulbright project with street children (Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative)  and the Zerobridge -U.S Embassy sponsored music tour in Morocco during my Fulbright was published in a special report published and released by the prestigious ASIA SOCIETY

The report is titled:’Muslims Making a Difference Through the Arts’: See the published report here: <a http://tinyurl.com/24aqaok”>http://tinyurl.com/24aqaok , page 78.

IV. PRESENTATION AT UNITED STATES INSTITUTE FOR PEACE–WASHINGTON D.C

V. OVER $2,000 DONATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO PROJECT AND THE CHILDREN’S CENTERS SO FAR……summer 2011—Project Kashmir–stay tuned and keep supporting……