For three weeks in April 2016 Links Hall presented theTea Project, an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes. From the tea sipped at a family gathering, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a motor pool in Iraq, tea is not only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression.
As theTea Project, Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg presented three weekends of programing that offered participants a role in telling the story of our involvement in war, detention, and torture. From intimately stagedTea Performances, to a cabaret of guest speakers and performers atTea Engagements, to guest performances by Rohina Malik and Jeremiah Day, theTea Projectoffers a collection of narratives that exemplify moments of absurdity and tenderness.
A performance and discussion that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Performances utilize the space created when someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that’s filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that’s filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity. Two tea performances were offered weekly over the course of the project.
Tea Engagements are cabarets style evenings of first person narratives, music, new poetry works paired with a Poem from Guantanamo, guest speakers, legal activism, academic talks about detention, war, love. Guests will be invited to sit at small tables and sip tea throughout the event. Tea Engagements took place every Saturday with special guests Aliya Hana Hussein, Baher Azmy, James Yee, Kathy Kelly, Larry Siems,Aziz Haq, James Yee, Kathy Kelly, Tom Ginsburg,Sarah Ross, Poetry by Warrior Writers, Poetry from the youth group Fresh Expressions, tea prepared in the Pakistani tradition by Sadia Nawab and Seemi Choudry, and more.
Thank you to our partners
Center for Constitutional Rights
Council on American Islamic Relations
American Friends Service Committee
Poetry Center of Chicago.