Community Partnerships: Spring 2019
1 in 3 women. 1 in 6 men.1
Sexual violence is all too pervasive throughout the United States.
Those statistics are even more striking here in Massachusetts, our home, where nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lives.2
Sexual violence affects people of all genders, races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations.
And we need to talk about it.
At BLO, we believe that art can be a catalyst for conversation, for healing, and for action. Our Spring of 2019 Season places issues of sexual violence and power in focus with two new productions:
The Handmaid’s Tale, an operatic adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel by Poul Ruders, invokes a dark fictional near-future, set in a fundamentalist theocracy. We see the story through the narrative of one Handmaid of Gilead, a woman stripped of her name and her rights, forced to bear children for the elite.
By presenting these two works side-by-side, BLO is striving to create an inclusive platform for crucial dialogue—but we also recognize that we have much to learn. This Season, we are partnering with two leading social service organizations in the Boston community, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Casa Myrna. These unique community partnerships will:
- Deepen BLO’s understanding of the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence through workshops and trainings.
- Provide a variety of supports to the audience experience at the theatre, including trained representatives on site to answer questions, talkbacks with experts alongside BLO artists, and referrals and resources.
- Enrich our opera performances onstage through artistic consultation and support.
If you are interested in learning more, please visit our partner organizations.
1Via BARCC; Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
2Via Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; data compiled from Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.