April 28th & 29th 7:00-8:30pm
Join us for an evening of EDUTAINMENT!
“Zazu Dreams: A Declaration of Interdependence, A Love Story” is based on the critically acclaimed 2017 book, Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era. Author, Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, and biodiversity advocate and educator, Rob Mies, will perform excerpts from Zazu Dreams that challenge consumer-addicted convenience-culture. Rooted in environmental science and cross-cultural storytelling, this is a tale of climate justice and social permaculture. Big pharma, big oil, and agribusiness giants stalk planet Earth while a Sephardic Arab-Jewish boy confronts environmental racism as he learns from symbiotic relationships among humans and within the natural world. This creative non-fiction performance will include lush visuals by Micaela Amato Amateau, live Persian and Ladino (Judeo-Arabic/Spanish) music, calls-to-action from local environmental and cultural organizations, and live Persian and Ladino (Judeo-Arabic/Spanish) music by Catrene Malshey, Pete Jacobs, Gabrielle Shapiro, Dhanwant Garcia, and the Persian Cultural Circle.
(On Sunday, April 29th, a pre-performance Persian dinner prepared by Hadi Montazeri and Mahsa Savadkouhi will take place at C4C next door to Fiske Planetarium from 5-6:00pm. Choreographers/dancers Maren Waldman and Megan Yalkut will lead diners from C4C to planetarium 6:15-6:30pm. Meet mystical figures along the way! $14 for Persian dinner, please send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Persian, Turkish, and Flamenco dance performances will continue inside Fiske lobby and main theater.)
Age recommendation: 5+ (If you're 5 to 99 years of age you'll enjoy this show!)
Regular ticket prices apply. Groupons can be used too!
Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, Executive Director of Jews Of The Earth (JOTE), engages embodied feminist theory, publishing essays in philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies’ journals and anthologies. Alhadeff has exhibited her photographs and performance videos internationally, and her work is in numerous public and private collections including MoMA Salzburg and San Francisco MoMA. Her theoretical and visual work is the subject of several documentaries for international public television. In addition to Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era (Eifrig Publishing, 2017) (endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Paul Hawken, SHK-G, Thom Hartmann, & Eve Ensler, along with a host of other activists, scholars, and artists), her social ecology book, Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014) (endorsed by Alphonso Lingus, Avital Ronell, Lucy Lippard, & Robert Mailer Anderson), explores the intersections of eroticism, global corporatocracy, petroleum-parenting, and the pharma-addictive health industry. Alhadeff is professor of Critical Philosophy at The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS).
Rob Mies has been an outspoken advocate for bat conservation in the U.S. for over 25 years. Biodiversity and Bat Ecologist, Mies is the author the books Bats A to Z and Understanding Bats, the producer of OBC’s award-winning video Bats: The True Story and DVD Science of Bats, and co-author of the field guide Beginner’s Guide to Bats. In addition to appearing on TV shows that promote bat conservation, including The Doctors, The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Fox & Friends, CBS Early Show, and Martha Stewart, Mies’ conservation work has been featured in numerous documentaries (ranging from Paramount Pictures to National Geographic). He is currently a featured scientist in the Discovery Channel’s Trailblazers, and is the Chairman of the Michigan Bat Working Group, President of the Midwest Bat Working Group, and Coordinator of the North American Bat Conservation Alliance.
Both Alhadeff and Mies are of Turkish descent, and parent their children, Georgia, Madison, and Zazu from a zero-waste lifestyle.
Special thanks to: Sponsored by Boulder.Earth, Jews Of The Earth (JOTE), CU Jewish Studies Department, The Environmental Center (ECenter) at CU, Hazon, Eco-cycle, Persian Cultural Circle, WildEarth Guardians, and the Endangered Species Coalition.