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CRAIG HARRIS/SEKOU SUNDIATA: UDU
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
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.
to a song from UDU
THIS PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE IN
PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE.