March 14, 2020

Stand Tall Mi Gente!

Stand Tall Mi Gente!

Date(s) - Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

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Presented by Holyoke-based ensemble, First Generation.

Stand Tall Mi Gente! • March 14 + May 9 + June 13, 2020 • 8pm

Tickets: $15 adult // $12 student

First Generation, a Holyoke-based ensemble created Stand Tall! to address social justice concerns through the lens of their own life experiences. Stand Tall! incorporates monologues, movement, storytelling, dance, and poetry and touches upon identity, family struggle, hyper-masculinity, homophobia, and most importantly believing in one’s own voice. Stand Tall! is an uplifting performance about the importance of youth voices and the power of speaking out.

First Generation receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the local Cultural Councils of Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield.


First Generation (FG) is an intergenerational community recently moved from Springfield to Holyoke. Using the arts, we create opportunities for young people to learn about cultural activism and claim a public voice in their communities. Members spend time in artistic training, community building, social justice dialogues, inter-generational mentoring, and leadership development. FG members may be the first in their family to grow up in this country, speak English, graduate high school, go to college, be incarcerated, be an activist, be drug-free, be openly LGBTQ+, be a feminist, break a silence, or any other first.

First Gen members form an ensemble and create original multi-lingual performances that highlight local and global issues inspired by their life experiences and conversations.