Prophetika: An Oratorio

Conceived and Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

@La MaMa

Composed by Courtney Bryan

Scenic and Costume Design by Abigail Deville*

Lighting Design and Video Engineering by Kent Barrett

Video Art by Katherine Cauleen Smith

Artist Assistant Mary Olin Geiger

live sound design Justin Hicks 

harp Brandee Younger

piano Courtney Bryan

*2015 Obie Award for Scenic Design


featuring Jadele McPherson, Justin Hicks
Courtney Bryan, Brandee Younger 

 

 

 

"Conceptual yet viscerally powerful...“She [Charlotte Brathwaite]'s making theater for and with her generation, with visual and musical sensibility that is a stunningly multidimensional experience.”" –The Wall Street Journal 


“Along with telling several people to go see it, I’ve been saying Sun Ra lives! I felt soaked in an understanding of time that pulls from past and reaches through now into what could be.” – CultureBot



PROMOTIONAL VIDEO CLIP

PERFORMANCE EXCERPT 
"GAZE IN THE MIRROR"


PERFORMANCE EXCERPT 
"WHAT DO THEY CALL ME?"


Part theatrical event, part visual art installation, part ritual ceremony, Prophetika: An Oratorio proposes a mythical cosmology of colliding reflections on freedom and a view of the current state of our world. Inspired by Harriet Tubman’s journey from enslavement to liberation; the cosmic philosophies and improvisational style of Sun Ra; Alice Coltrane’s consciousness rising devotional music and the mysterious invading black monoliths in Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film 2001: Space Odyssey.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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