North American Tour
Choreographed and Created by
Reggie "Regg Roc" Gray
Featuring group choreography and solo improvisational works all set to a continuous mix of reggae, hip hop and pop music, the FLEX AVE. tour will feature 10 dancers and a DJ, all hailing from Brooklyn, NY who represent the best of the high-energy Flexn dance culture.
Characterized by a vocabulary all its own—Pauzin, Get-Low, Bone-Breaking—Flexn developed from various Jamaican street dance styles into a distinct art form that’s spread across the globe and has been embraced by the pop mainstream.
At the heart of Flex Ave. are narratives of perseverance and struggle – over violence, mental illness, loss of family. The mission of the company is to show that creative expression can be used as a tool for social change and inspire us to overcome any adversity.
In addition to public performances, Flex Ave. engagements involve several community components and educational activities which are an essential element to the FLEX AVE. experience.
Lighting Design by Kent Barrett
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A New World Premiere Opera
May 22 – June 7, 2020
Spoleto Festival USA
Composed by Rhiannon Giddens
Co-composed by Michael Abels
Libretto by Rhiannon Giddens
Conducted by John Kennedy
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Set Design by Mimi Lien
Lighting Design by Ben Zamora
Video Design by Kent Barrett
Jamez McCorkle as Omar Ibn Said
and Daniel Okulitch as the Master
Spoleto Festival USA announces its commission of a new full-length opera by MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens, based on the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said. The opera will have its world premiere during the 2020 Festival (May 22 – June 7).
The Festival’s choice of tapping Rhiannon Giddens to mold this opera was an easy decision. A musical archaeologist known for exploring the legacy of African-American folk traditions, honoring marginalized artists, and drawing from historical documents to create original material, Giddens also studied opera and vocal performance at Oberlin College. “My work as a whole is about excavating and shining a light on pieces of history that not only need to be seen and heard, but that can also add to the conversation about what’s going on now,” she says, “This is a story that hasn’t been represented in the operatic world—or in any world.”
she is called
Work in Progress Showing
@ Carolina Performing Arts
April 18, 2020
Conceived and conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Dramaturgy by Sunder Ganglani
Composition by Antonio Cereza
Writing by Janani Balasubramanian
Lighting design by Kent Barrett
A remarkable musical portrait of women’s experiences from biblical times to the present day, she is called traces a path from early texts by men about women to explorations of current themes through the work of contemporary women composers, including Shara Nova and Toshi Reagon (Carolina Performing Arts Mellon Foundation Creative Futures fellows).
Brought to life by the acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC), this work-in-progress showing illuminates the musical and spiritual lives of women today in radiant form.
co- created by
Antonio Cerezo, performer and co-author
Charlotte Brathwaite, director/co-author
Sunder Ganglani, dramaturg//co-author
Kent Barrett, lighting/wearable sculpture
Mary Orlin Geiger, costume/wearable sculpture
Tareke Ortiz, composer
I saw. I saw what I had seen before.
I became conscious. I recognized what I had seen before.
I recognized what I had recognized before. I perceived.
I perceived what I had perceived before. I became conscious.
I recognized what I had perceived before. I looked. – Handke
What do you say in the dark, what do you say in the light - what are you when you can’t be seen? What are you when you’re invisible but present? The lights won’t go up. The show started long before you got here. You’re here in this landscape, in the picture of this place - your comfort is yours to make. We’re together now, feel free to talk to me - we breathe the same air. Not a play, closer to life - terrifying. Don’t be late.
TEATRO DE LA CIUDAD
Mexico City, MX
Nov 20th, 2019 premiere
Dec 14th, 2019
LA MAMA E.T.C.
New York, NY
Feb 6–9 and Feb 13–16, 2020
Casting the Vote
"Casting the Vote Serves Up Traditional American Food and Raises Hard Questions About Participation in Democracy" – www.immerse.news
"The idea of using the stage as a medium for journalism is still not commonly practiced, and including a meal in the journalistic conversation, with a conversation taking place around that meal, seems almost entirely new." –brown.columbia.edu
A dinner, a party, a call to action, a gathering. A survival guide for troubling times Casting the Vote: Call To A Count examines our future and how we can count on one another in the struggle for democracy, justice, and a more perfect union.
featuring Impact Repertory Theater
Created in collaboration by
director Charlotte Brathwaite
journalist and filmmaker June Cross
dramaturg Sunder Ganglani
writer Janani Balasubramanian
composer Justin Hicks
lighting Kent Barrett