Questions of transcendence and human connection lie at the heart of Ralph Lemon’s newest work, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? Inspired by Lemon’s creative relationship with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old former sharecropper from the Mississippi Delta with whom Lemon worked periodically over eight years, the work explores the complexities of impermanence and time, loss, and the elusive but ever-compelling possibility of grace. This four-part multimedia work, commissioned by the Walker Art Center, includes original short films featuring Carter, as well as live performance by Lemon’s stunningly powerful ensemble of six African American and African performers, all but one of whom appeared in Come home Charley Patton. How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? will be presented in the Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater Thursday-Saturday, September 23-25, at 8 pm.
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