Black Box Dance Theatre will have a performance of “Patriot” Friday at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Goldsboro.
The performers will present an evening of multimedia dance, theater and storytelling as a living memorial examining the service and sacrifice of United States veterans, active duty military and their families.
The performance is the culmination of a yearlong partnership between Black Box Dance Theatre and the United Service Organizations, USO. It’s supported by South Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Performances will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre and Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Student Center Studio Theater at East Carolina University in Greenville.
“The ‘Patriot’ project is simply about supporting veterans and their families and helping them cope with the unique and specific mental health challenges that come with military life,” said Michelle Pearson, Black Box Dance Theatre artistic director.
“We just happen to be a modern dance company,” Pearson said. “The creative process to develop ‘Patriot’ offered a safe place to listen, share and collaborate, so these extremely powerful experiences and stories could be given the space they deserve.”
Pearson said that the arts can offer healing and are also a vehicle for telling stories of those who are too often silenced or forgotten.
Veteran experiences and stories have inspired the creation of “Patriot,” but so have the lives of the dance company’s members.
The production includes the stories of a Purple Heart veteran injured by a 400-pound bomb in Iraq, a noncombat veteran who was drafted out of school, a military spouse and mother who carries the stress of her husband’s deployments, and a war protester who struggles with supporting his brother, who recently joined the United States Army.
For tickets to the Goldsboro performance, call the Paramount at 919-583-8432. For tickets to the Greenville performance, call 252-328-4788.