How Could You?

Song written by Montana DeBor and Robby Myles, visuals by Chris Burk. Inspired by Prince (need we say more?)

This piece was specifically inspired by the story of why Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. For more on this story, check out this article from BBC News.

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Song for Skip

Acclaimed Atlanta poet Theresa Davis and actress/poet Destiny Renee explore the rich text of writer/activist James Baldwin.

This piece will merge the past and present struggle of the black American in white America. What we hold onto, what we are told to let go of and everything remains the same wrapped up in a pretty blood stained package. With the use of beloved American imagery from wordsmith and acclaimed poet James Baldwin, combined with Theresa’s voice, and Destiny’s physicality, this piece aims to depict the instability of what it means to be “black in the land of the free.”

With the use of beloved American imagery from wordsmith and acclaimed poet James Baldwin, combined with Theresa’s voice, and Destiny’s physicality, their piece aims to depict the instability of what it means to be “black in the land of the free.”

Alive and Well

Wade explores the peculiar death of Charles-Valetin Alkan, a French-Jewish composer, virtuoso pianist and recluse.
Neil presents the death of Atlanta artist Panorama Ray in the arms of storyteller Mick O’Dowd. 

Twined Flowers

Nicole Mermans, Fareedah ‘Free’ Aleem and Okorie ‘Okcello’ Johnson to their inspiration from the late Emma Amos and her self-portrait, ‘Twined Flowers,’ this piece is an expression of the performer’s own identities merging together to create one composite, moving exhibition of femininity, diversity, beauty, and strength.  The cello’s rhythmic low and high registers energize, complement, and complicate our creation of womanness and its centrality to humanity.

Emma Amos passed away in May of this year at the age of 83. For more on Emma Amos please check out this article in Art News.

The Georgia Museum of Art will hold an exhibit of Emma Amos’ work:

Emma Amos: Color Odyssey

Saturday, January 30, 2021 – Sunday, April 25, 2021

Dream Land

Earth to Sky Performance Co decided to tackle Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘Dream Land’ in this aerial driven performance. It was important to them to choose a female poet as they feel female poets are often underrepresented in today’s society. Although the poem’s themes drift to the macabre, the team appreciated its lightness of words and cadence and found it to be a beautiful piece to move to. For more on Christina Rossetti…

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Poe

Annette Coquette and Chibi found comfort in exploring the mind of Edgar Allan Poe.

During these new strange times, it felt important to explore seclusion and insanity. Many folks are struggling with isolation and depression, which are familiar emotions that we’ve all experienced. Many people can also identify with missing a lost lover, which is timeless. Who better to express these universal morbidities than the famously melancholic Edgar Allan Poe?