International Human Rights Art Festival Performance & Presentation: The Patient Rosary Solimanto

About This Show

The Patient a 20 minute parody performance where Rosary re-enacts her initial appointment with her neurologist when she was told, “You have multiple sclerosis.” Not only does Rosary reveal the actual events, but she exposes the inner thoughts racing through her mind when it happened. The performance transforms the space allowing the audience to become voyeurs entering Rosary’s private medical world, so that an awareness of the oppressive realities can be exposed.

Setting: In a small city within the Adirondack mountains a doctor’s office is located within a large Victorian building. There’s an exam room, doctors office, hallway and reception area.

Characters: Dr. Thomas Soule – Approximately 50 year old male neurologist in Glens Falls, NY. Rosary – 22 year old female, from a mountain in Lake George, NY, without any known health conditions until today. She is currently blind in left eye, experiencing sensory issues of pain, numbness, loss of bladder control, dizziness, and clumsiness.

Inner Rosary – Rosary’s subconscious. This voice can be heard and addresses the audience.

Rosary will follow-up the performance with a presentation about her previous and current interdisciplinary activist artwork about disability identity. It will include a slide show, videos and Rosary’s narrative, exploring her life-changing events unfolding into activism art.

Rosary Solimanto explores the objectification she faces battling multiple sclerosis. She encourages discourse on disability identity to empower the afflicted. Solimanto has exhibited in New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley, Toronto and Spain. She has performed in the O + Festival in Kingston, NY, the Itinerant Festival at the Bronx Museum and did a 12 hour durational performance at the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. Awards include Parnassus Award in Fine Arts at Adirondack, New York; Kulakoff Award at Albany, New York; and the Sojourner Truth Fellowship at New Paltz, New York.

About the Festival

Dixon Place and the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art present: The International Human Rights Art Festival, produced, March 3-5, 2017 at Dixon Place. This is the first human rights art festival in the long and vibrant history of New York City’s cultural scene. The Festival is produced by Tom Block, long-time artist-activist, author of Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution, and founder of the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, an art-activist incubator housed at Dixon Place. Playwright and Director Julia Levine is the Assistant Producer.

The 2017 Festival will involve more than 70 artists presenting 40+ advocacy art events over the weekend, including theatre, visual art, music, dance, installations, workshops, panels, performance, films and KidsFest, to introduce children to the importance of art-advocacy work through hands-on activities. Join us for a weekend of art, advocacy, and celebration, with a happy hour featuring tasty human-rights themed concoctions, human rights trivia, prizes, t-shirts and much more.

Saturday, March 4 at 5:00pm

General Admission

$5 in advance

$10 at the door

Included in Saturday Day Pass

Estimated Runtime
90 minutes

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