Collaboration with Jeremy Michael Segal and Title66 theatre company from Montreal
Black Chorus and Orchestra is an experimental immersive video installation exploring the influences of technologies and media on issues of African American segregation and resistance. Heavily influenced by avant-garde theatre practices, and with colliding mathematical structures underpinning the staging, the project presents a new face of contemporary resistance through art. With 30 performers, the piece is operatic in scope, interdisciplinary, and highly stylized. It will include text, poetry, movement, acting, dance, choir, sound, music, architecture, video, and light art.
The audience will experience the piece surrounded by a four-channel video installation. Despite being filmed in different locations, the content of the four screens will unfold simultaneously as one single space-time, with the performers moving across the screens fluidly, transcending impossible temporal and spatial boundaries. With the frame of the camera becoming the proscenium arch, Black Chorus and Orchestra proposes a new hybrid form for the 21st century by combining contemporary avant-garde theatre aesthetics with an immersive video installation, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in either medium.
Steeped in intensive academic research and consultation, Black Chorus and Orchestra’s visual narrative will draw from four main periods of African American history: Slavery, The Civil War & Post-Abolition, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Lives Matter.
Reacting to our techno-centric world, and in the tradition of post-dramatic formalist theatre, Black Chorus and Orchestra will posit the human body as one that exists simultaneously in multiple space-times. The content will draw from research in African history, poetry, photography, sociology, and literature; as well as contemporary stories from the Black Lives Matter movement.
The piece is operatic in scope, interdisciplinary, and highly stylized. It will include text, poetry, movement, acting, dance, choir, sound art, music, architecture, video, programming, and light art.