About the Production

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 and a choreographed 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.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived and Directed by

Ping Chong


Ping Chong, in collaboration with the ensemble

Costume Designer

Sharne van Rynevald

Projection Designer

John Boesche

Sound Designers

M. Anthony Reimer and Yu-Yun Hsieh

Lighting Designer

Michael W. Williams

Rehearsal Director

Lailye Weidman


James Baldwin


Latrelle Bright, Isiah Asplund, Arielle Dykstra, Ellie Fujimoto, Alyssa Gordon, Alex Gossen, Jennifer Lu, Chloe Nagle, Elisandra Rosario and Hadley Smith

Performance History


Colwell Playhouse, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (February 2016)


Department of Dance, University of Illinois


Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Guest Artist Initiative and the CAS/MillerComm