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Ni une mas, Ni une menos
Event Date: 
March 15, 2024
Event Time: 
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
Event Accessibility : 
Free! Tickets Required; The 5th Ave church entrance is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to the sanctuary performance space.
Ni une mas, Ni une menos

A trailblazing world premiere production, Ni une más braids music, theatre, and dance to tell survivors’ stories of growing agency. From the tender “Te recuerdo” (I remember you) to the rumbling subway sounds of “Metro Asfixia;” from the ironic rap, “This Doesn’t Happen at Michigan,” to the foot-stomping chorus, “It’s Not My Fault,” this audience-engaging production is both mesmerizing and memorable.

Our production team – led by GRAMMY-nominated artistic director and composer Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra with award-winning journalists Ana Ávila and María Arce, and athlete Tad DeLuca – co-created new material for Ni une más with survivors. The title is based on a slogan used in many Latin American countries to stand up to domestic violence and femicide. As gender-based violence is a local and global health crisis, we move this often-silenced topic to the spotlight to transform trauma into healing power through the arts.

Get your FREE Tickets here 

March 15 & 16, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor. 

Ample parking is available nearby at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown branch at 343 S. 5th Ave. The 5th Ave church entrance is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to the sanctuary performance space.

Content warning: This show is survivor-centered, and features all true stories. We deliberately avoid giving the spotlight to perpetrators, and do not depict violence. Instead, we focus on the survivors’ agency and path to healing. That said, our survivors report brief moments of the trauma and silencing tactics, and these stories may evoke strong emotions in audience members. Ultimately, the survivors claim their own voices and agency and reveal how they heal by developing survivor communities and by engaging in the arts. It is precisely due to the suffering, silencing, and institutional betrayals that we choose to stand up to the violence and call for action to prevent future violence. We invite you to take care of yourself, and step out if you need to take a break. We will have trauma-trained advocates available in private rooms, and an audience discussion after the show.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Arts Initiative at the University of Michigan and co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), CEW+, the Department of Sociology, and Communication & Media.

Jon Vaughn weeps after he hears his life story song; Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (left) and Ana Ávila (right) stand in solidarity

Photo above: Jon Vaughn weeps after he hears his life story song; Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (left) and Ana Ávila (right) stand in solidarity.

Photo credit: Natalia de Miguel Annoni

Secure your free tickets (two separate url links for the two dates) by clicking on these dates:  March 15, 2024 and/or March 16, 2024