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Commissionsred, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb)

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/Theaster Gates

Spoken word/hip-hop theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents a new multimedia work on environmental justice and social ecology that questions collective responsibility (his own included) in a time of dramatic climate change. In an exhilarating, interactive performance of dance, text, and visuals, Joseph is joined onstage by dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire, drummer/beat boxer Tommy Shephard, and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates, who is also designing the set. Set into Gates’ malleable stage installation of repurposed building materials and clay objects, and heightened by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s vivid films and graffiti murals drawn from a series of art and eco festivals Joseph created with several different communities nationwide, including Minneapolis. red, black & GREEN: a blues follows Joseph’s 2008 critically acclaimed the break/s, also co-commissioned by the Walker. The poetry and performance in rbGb posits the idea that valuing your own life, the life of your community, is the first step in valuing the planet Earth.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph with Theaster Gates: red, black & GREEN: a blues

Photo by Bethanie Hines