red, black & GREEN: a blues
November 4-5, 8pm
Doors open for installation viewing at 7:30pm
Photo credit: Bethanie Hines Photography
red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbG:b) is a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. The poetry and performance in rbG:b puts forward the idea that valuing your own life, and the life of your community, is the first step to valuing planet Earth. Combining dance, text and visuals in a new mode of kinetic performance, rbG:b combines the talents of University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Artist in Residence, Marc Bamuthi Joseph; director Michael John Garcés; choreographer Stacey Printz; drummer/beatboxer Tommy Shepherd; documentary filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi; and video designer David Szlasa. Joseph is joined onstage in the performance by Shepherd, dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates, who is designing the set.
Developed partly in residence in Houston and including imagery and text of our local neighborhoods and characters, rbG:b utilizes a dynamic research-to-performance methodology that yields community input as artist resource material: specifically, the voices of people often left out of discussions about “living green”. This research has taken place through Life Is Living, a series of hip hop based community festivals in urban parks nationwide featuring art, activism and education. Life Is Living: Houston took place November 6, 2010 in the Third Ward’s Emancipation Park. Interviews, poems, films and murals from Life Is Living are translated into text, choreography and imagery that express the challenge of living green where crime and poor education pose a more imminent danger than an ecological crisis, and that reveal emerging definitions of environmentalism in these communities.
LOCATION: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd
ADMISSION: $20 general admission, $15 UH faculty and staff, $10 students
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red, black, and GREEN: a blues is co-commissioned by the Mitchell Center, along with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and Lehigh University. Developmental residencies have been provided by Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Critical production support for rbG:b is being provided by the Technical Residency Program at Z Space. red, black, and GREEN: a blues was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.