March 20, 2017

‘Greyscale’ hits Kleinau stage this week

There’s a movement that spread via social media in which people who are supportive of those who may be suffering from discrimination but aren’t necessarily themselves a victim identify themselves as “allies” by a subtle token -- a safety pin worn on the clothing, for example. But what does it really mean to be an ally? 

Alex Davenport, a doctoral student in communication studies, and co-director “AB,” present “Greyscale: Performing Across Difference,” Thursday through Saturday, March 23-25, in the Marion Kleinau Theater, located on the second floor of the Communications Building. The performance will explore what it means to be an ally and how we can relate to those who have different values than our own. 

Each performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7; $5 for students with a valid student ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 453-5618. Seating is limited, and there will be no seating once the performance begins. This performance contains mature themes. 

“Greyscale” takes its name and organizing concept from black-and-white photographer Ansel Adams’ “Zoning System,” a way to think about greyscale in photography. The performance features work from Southern Illinois artists, blending visual and performing arts to create a multi-modal exploration of what it means to relate to one another across difference.