|dc.description||Queer/of African descent/woman centered/multi-disciplined/about Spirit...delta dandi is a living cacophony of monologues, chants, choral tellings, blood memories dance and song. Through glimpses of the transmigration of one Spirit’s many lives/delta dandi asks how does collective grief and trauma inform the Black-American experience? What must a Soul do to heal? What is the traditional role of Queers in ritual?. A re-imagining of sacred concerts and tone poems that jazz icons Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams innovated/delta dandi is ritual jazz theatre conjuring transformation and Love.
Women & Their Work in partnership with The National Performance Network presented the premiere of delta dandi at the Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre 1/9 & 1/10 2009 8PM in Austin, Texas with support from The Long Center Catalyst 8, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, University of Texas Austin, allgo (Austin’s Queer People of Color Organization), Austin Script Works and a host of individual donors.
Writer/Conductor/Producer Sharon Bridgforth; Composer/Conductor/Performer-Helga Davis; Choreographer/Conductor/Performer-Baraka de Soleil; Florinda Bryant & Sonja Perryman; with Monique Cortez, Andrea Edgerson, Karla Legaspy, Leigh Gaymon-Jones and Azure D. Osborne-Lee. Set Designer: Leilah Stewart. Costumer: Miramar Dichoso. Technical Director: Tramaine Berryhill. Dramaturge: Jen Margulies. For more information go to: http://sharonbridgforth.com
*delta dandi is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Women & Their Work, in partnership with Center On Halsted and the National Performance Network. Major contributors of the National Performance Network are Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: go to http://www.npnweb.org
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