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QT4
Performing Arts
WORLD PREMIERE
CRAIG HARRIS/SEKOU SUNDIATA: UDU


FRIDAY-SUNDAY,
DECEMBER 1-3, 2000,
FRIDAY, 8 PM; SATURDAY, 2 AND 8 PM; SUNDAY, 2 AND 7 PM

$18 ($14 EVENINGS; $9 MATINEES WALKER MEMBERS AND PENUMBRA SUBSCRIBERS)
PENUMBRA THEATRE, 270 KENT STREET, ST. PAUL
TICKETS: 651.224.3180

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Poet-writer Sekou Sundiata and jazz composer-trombonist Craig Harris join forces with 12 accomplished musicians, vocalists, and African percussionists in an unforgettable music-theater exploration of bondage and freedom. With text partially drawn from 18th-century slave narratives and from African-American journalist Samuel Cotton's searing depiction of modern-day African slavery, The Silent Terror, Udu captures the oracular quality of black storytelling through its blend of autobiography, history, contemporary fact, and dramatic fiction. This hybrid performance borrows from black spoken-word traditions, West African music, contemporary jazz and gospel, European and Middle Eastern harmonies, and oratorio. Commissioned by the Walker Art Center. Copresented with Penumbra Theatre.

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THIS PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE.