In response to the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin and the seemingly perpetual killings of black men and boys, Baldwin/NOW is an interdisciplinary exploration of the legacy and psyche behind the history of violence in America. Utilizing a spoken text distilled from a 1968 speech by writer James Baldwin, sound and projections by M. Anthony Reimer/Yu-Yun Hsieh and John Boesche (respectively), and a performance score created by Ping Chong in collaboration with the ensemble, Baldwin/NOW engages the audience in an interdisciplinary interrogation of race and violence in America.
Latrelle Bright, Isiah Asplund, Arielle Dykstra, Ellie Fujimoto, Alyssa Gordon, Alex Gossen, Jennifer Lu, Chloe Nagle, Elisandra Rosario, Hadley Smith
Conceived by Ping Chong, created in collaboration with the ensemble
Text by James Baldwin
Costume Designer: Sharne van Rynevald
Projection Designer: John Boesche
Rehearsal Director: Lailye Weidman
Sound Designers: M. Anthony Reimer and Yu-Yun Hsieh
Lighting Designer: Michael W. Williams
Thursday-Saturday, February 4-6 2016, 7:30pm
University of Illinois
Department of Dance, University of Illinois.
Ping Chong's residency was made possible by a generous grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation's Guest Artist Initiative and the CAS/Miller/Comm. Supporting organizations include the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Theatre, Education Justice Project, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Spurlock Museum, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.