Feb 20 -22: Try/Step/Trip


February 20-22:  Thurs-Sat 8pm

 Tickets: $25 Adults; $10 Youth (21 yrs and under) and Seniors

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By Dahlak Brathwaite

Director: Roberta Uno

Choreography: Toran X. Moore

Assistant choreographer: Frederick Ramsey

Composition by Dahlak Brathwaite & Teak Underdue

Additional Choreography: Delina Patrice Brooks

Costumes: Dana Rebecca Woods

Lighting:  Brianna Pattillo

Performers: Jamal Douglas*, Jasmine Gatewood*, Derek Jackson*, Frederick Ramsey, Benjamin Turner, and Max Udell

* appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Director Roberta Uno and writer/performer Dahlak Brathwaite are coming to Dance Mission with the national tour of Try/Step/Trip. With Choreography by Toran X. Moore and compositions by Teak Underdue, Try/Step/Trip is a spoken word, multi-character musical performed in the body through the language of step dance.  The story follows the journey of an anonymous narrator as he re-imagines his experience in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program through a montage of lucid, sobriety-induced dreams. inspired by Brathwaite’s own history, Try/Step/Trip layers characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance. The piece examines the factors that have misplaced young Black men in a rite of passage through the criminal justice system, chronicling the journey of criminalization and the struggle for vindication and decriminalization in the eyes of the law and society.

Originally developed, commissioned and made possible by CalArts Center for New Performance California Institute for the Arts. Critical support for the work has been supported through residencies at CalArts Center for New Performance. Try/Step/Trip is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Youth Speaks, Inc.  in partnership with The Living Word Project, a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, CalArts Center for New Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Miami Light Project and NPN/VAN. For more information: www.npnweb.org. Try/Step/Trip was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theatre Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional Support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for the work has been contributed by residencies at Hi-Arts, Harlem NY, Ko Festival, Amherst MA, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga CA, Meadows School of the Arts · Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX and ACT Artshare, San Francisco, CA.  The company wishes to thank Victory Gardens Theater, Chay Yew and Skyler Grey, and Travis Preston, Artistic Director of the CalArts Center for New Performance and Dean of the CalArts School of Theater.

Photo Credit: Daniel Alcazar
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