In a time of unlearning systemic racism in a politically divided country, The UNC Process Series announced its 2020-21 season, titled "Remembrance and Renewal."
The program will include artistic performances and projects that reflect on the past to better the future.
The fall program of virtual events, which is produced by the UNC Department of Communication, allows creatives to showcase their new artistic works in developments and to build a stronger connection with their audience through unique and new mediums.
From conversations about sexuality and race using the work of James Baldwin to discussions about the unseen discrimination behind gerrymandering, the 13th season of the Process Series will continue to give a platform to traditionally unheard voices.
“We represent a lot of different people from a lot of different communities. And a lot of this year, what we're looking at is how race is dealt with in our country,” producer Heather Tatreau said.
In a press release sent out Aug. 25, artistic director Joseph Megel announced the fall season would be held through live streaming and interactive shows to overcome the performance challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of each event, the artist can ask the audience questions to get feedback on their work in development.
“(The series was created) to give students and faculty the chance to see how artists from different disciplines and cross-disciplines create new work,” Megel said.
The series starts on Sept. 25 with “They Do Not Know Harlem: In Communion with James Baldwin,” a performance created, choreographed and performed by Tristan André Parks and directed by Kathy Williams.