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August Wilson Center - Front & Center » 2010 » December - “Amplifying African American Voices”

Archive for December, 2010

Beauty has arrived

Posted in AWC Past-Fellows on December 14th, 2010 by Christiane D – Be the first to comment
Editor’s Note: Christiane D is an August Wilson Center Fellow (2010-11 Season).

In the mail and now in my hands are the IR 25 cds. Stunning and glossy.

Words, music and dub fighting for Indigenous rights!

IR25 Dubversive is dub, roots reggae fused with Native American and Indigenous cultures, underlaid with conscious lyrics.

IR25 Dubversive is dub, roots reggae fused with Native American and Indigenous cultures, underlaid with conscious lyrics.

I am honored to be a part of such an important music project.

Even more honored that our song, “ivere…the land” opens up the long list of amazing tracks of talented musicians from across the globe.

A song I was asked to write describing deforestation and destruction.

IR 25

We enter. We work. We disappear.

Mad Dub Love to Kakonda, Olovotu and Soy Sos! and whole IR crew.

Slaves, Sugar and Rum - offCenter performance

Posted in AWC Past-Fellows, General on December 6th, 2010 by Christiane D – Be the first to comment

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Editor’s Note: Christiane D is an August Wilson Center Fellow (2010-11 Season).

Slaves, Sugar and Rum

Ken Foley and I perform as a duo at last year’s offCenter at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The poem was originally commissioned by Mary Martin and performed the Heinz History Center with my father on keys. It’s about the history and influence of Jazz. beginning in Africa and ending in America. Video by Shawnee Lake. This is but an excerpt.

Enjoy!

Running with my eyes closed

Posted in AWC Past-Fellows, General on December 6th, 2010 by Christiane D – Be the first to comment
Editor’s Note: Christiane D is an August Wilson Center Fellow (2010-11 Season).

This weekend I am experiencing a fantastic opportunity to deconstruct my performance style and learn something wonderful and new. My friend Tavia LaFollete has invited me to participate in a weekend long Performance Art workshop with the amazing Guillermo Gomez-Pena. I saw him perform at the Mattress Factory 2 years ago and remembered wanting to stand on my seat and scream hell yeah!

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I hadn’t seen anything that moving since I saw Karen Finley at Carnegie Mellon University.

I spent much of yesterday ridding myself of preconcieved notions, stopping myself from trying to “get” something out of it; just making myself an empty vessel, ready to be malleable and open for whatever.

We have danced like monkeys with hydraulic legs, explored the room with eyes closed, gazed into

each others eyes and created human sculptures. Each ancient exercise bringing you deeper and closer to being present, not representing a presence, as Gomez-Pena says.

It’s akin to standing at the latest roller coaster with excitement and terror. This mixture is what it feels like to stretch yourself and do something new and challenging. Much like being a Fellows. You have an idea of what you want to do and achieve, but each experience along the journey reshapes the original idea, sometimes taking you to surprising places.