The kickoff of an ambitious three-year residency by theater artist and author Daniel Beaty highlights the fifth season of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, which will also include performances by troupes from Capetown, London, and Montreal — as well as tiny Ashfield, in Western Massachusetts.
“[Beaty] is embedded in the community, he’s not just flying in for a weekend,” said ArtsEmerson executive director Robert Orchard. “He’s an inspirational figure as well as an incredible artist.”
ArtsEmerson announced its 2014-15 season Wednesday, although some details are incomplete.
Orchard said ArtsEmerson is meeting its goals of presenting new and international works that would not be seen in Boston otherwise, and establishing multi-year relationships with artists. “We’ve created a place for ArtsEmerson, and people have a perception of what we do, although it’s a pretty wide range of work,” Orchard said.
Beaty’s “Breath and Imagination” will play the Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage Jan. 27-Feb. 8, 2015, under the direction of ArtsEmerson director of artistic programs David Dower. It tells the story of Roland Hayes, the son of a Georgia slave who built a musical career in Boston that eventually took him around the world as a renowned classical singer.
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