CONCEIVED, CHOREOGRAPHED AND DIRECTED BY RALPH LEMON
Choreographer Ralph Lemon takes audiences on a remarkable transcultural journey, creating a complex dance-theater universe that unveils the artistry of the 13-member company from rural China, Taiwan, India, Japan, West Africa, and the United States. Moving beyond his unique exploration of African identity in Geography (presented by the Walker in fall 1997) to a work based on spirituality and pan-Asian artistic practice, Tree addresses the speed of globalization in our ever-shrinking world and the profound effect exposure to new cultures has on people's lives. Cast members include a contemporary dancer from Beijing; traditional musicians from the Yunnan Province, China; master Indian odissi dancers and musicians; and several of the African artists involved in Geography. The electronic sound score was composed by James Lo, and the set installation was created by Nari Ward.
THIS PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT
FROM THE BUSH FOUNDATION, HEARTLAND ARTS FUND, THE NATIONAL DANCE PROJECT
OF THE NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, AND THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR
JAZZ AND DANCE.