In an effort to amplify the voices of Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC artists and combat social and racial injustice, the nonprofit organization Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) is thrilled to announce the return of ISM II. This extraordinary production, directed by the visionary Michelle Banks, is set to make a powerful impact through the art of storytelling. ISM II promises an immersive experience that combines the expressive power of American Sign Language (ASL), the energy of Hip Hop dance, and profound narratives that will undoubtedly leave audiences deeply moved.
ISM II is a groundbreaking addition to the ISM Project, a series that steadfastly pursues its mission of confronting societal “isms,” discriminatory practices, and oppression through the transformative power of storytelling. In this revival, a remarkable ensemble of Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC storytellers will illuminate their authentic experiences using the mesmerizing language of ASL. They will shed light on the immense challenges they’ve faced and the inspiring triumphs they’ve achieved.
Michelle Banks, the Artistic Director of VOCA, expressed her pride in presenting ISM II: “This production aligns perfectly with our mission of showcasing the talents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC artists through creativity and artistic expressions. The fusion of American Sign Language (ASL), Hip Hop dance, ASL poetry, and storytelling serves as a powerful vehicle for change, addressing social and racial injustices. We invite you to join us on this journey that transcends boundaries and raises awareness within diverse communities.”
ISM II will run from November 29th to December 17th, captivating audiences in Theater Lab II at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets can be obtained through the Atlas Theater’s Box Office at Ticketing Link.
As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, ISM II takes center stage to express the raw emotions, traumas, and triumphs of this dynamic culture through the electrifying medium of Hip Hop dance, choreographed by the talented Tara Miles. This production promises to unveil the very essence of Deaf Hip Hop culture, seamlessly weaving together music, dance, poetry, multimedia, and storytelling, all conveyed in the captivating language of ASL. Whether you’re hearing or Deaf, ISM II offers an inclusive, immersive experience that transcends boundaries, providing simultaneous access to ASL and Spoken English (voice performed).
Founded in 2019, Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) is on a mission to support and uplift Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC artists who have long been underrepresented in both mainstream and Deaf culture. Through their various productions and initiatives, VOCA aims to address social injustices and provide a platform for these artists to share their powerful stories. Learn more about VOCA and their impactful work at VOCARTS.org.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this transformative and inclusive cultural experience that bridges communities and empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC artists in their quest for justice and recognition. ISM II promises to be a groundbreaking celebration of art, culture, and social change that you won’t want to miss.