red, black and GREEN: a blues (Nov 4-5, 8 pm)
red, black and 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; choreographer Stacey Printz; director Michael John Garcés; drummer/beatboxer Tommy Shepherd; documentary filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi; and video designer David Szlasa. Joseph is joined onstage in the performance by 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: University of Houston, Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd.
ADMISSION: $20 general admission, $10 students, $15 faculty and staff
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