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Feature: Modern Dance/Rap Opera Celebrates Black History Month
Street Talk Suite Talk combines poetry created by young rappers, music from a classical tradition, and the unique choreography of Anna Myer to create a new art form dedicated to fostering social change. Act I has ten distinctive sections: some mix viola, rap, and dance, some are for a lone poet, and one is a prelude for solo violin. By combining artistic traditions, Street Talk Suite Talk challenges its performers and touches a broad audience. These diverse art forms together express the challenges of urban living in a world that is often fragmented and still racially separated and distrustful.
Act II, currently being developed, tells the story of the personal as well as social struggle to overcome anger and despair and find ways to reach out and connect with a widening ring of communities. Here the art forms are fused more deeply to demonstrate the power of human and social connections across boundaries.
The November premiere at the Strand Theater drew a large, racially diverse, and enthusiastic audience. Thea Singer of The Boston Globe noted, "The message reverberates."
This performance is an opportunity to see the piece that met rave audience and critical reaction, to see the new act being created, and to participate in a Q&A with the artists. This work, which forges bonds between people on both sides of the stage, promotes community understanding and discussion in honor of Black History Month.
Program: Street Talk Suite Talk Act I, Act II in progress, community discussion
Globe pre-performance piece