Or, An Oral History: Utmost
Or, An Oral History: Utmost, a Sarah Donnelly Production by RAKIA!, features artists Rakia Seaborn, Sean Billy Kizy, and Ethan Baldwin as glitter-wearing oracles. All seeing and sensuous, they hold court in a storefront window turned deconstructed disco ball.
Cross the threshold and track the evolution of the work from a 2015 virtual diary into a real-world dancehall for existential booty-shaking. Audiences are invited to time travel to a place before “baskets of deplorables,” “Lemonade,” and Russian interludes. Part séance, part experimental novel of the body, the trio of artists magically transforms into medium & soothsayer via six days of interrogative performance.
Can we apprehend the present by collectively exorcising the past? How do we recapture the #blackgirlmagical optimism of recent history? Where do we carve out a path to a more just future when complexity is distilled into a series of hashtags?
Morning Open Hours, Bitches Brew: Monday - Wednesday, June 19 - 21, 8:30 - 10am, FREE
Join RAKIA! for coffee and improvisation as she brews a potion, while raiding her virtual diary for choreographic material from 2015.
Evening Open Hours, High Art Happy Hour: Wednesday - Friday, June 21 - 23, 7:30 - 9pm, FREE
"Meet in the ‘ball for happy hour cocktails & high art selfies!" The supernatural triumvirate will conjure a triad of pieces (The Mixtape, WE, and "I am tired and possibly hungover and want to go home") from 2016’s Or, An Oral History: Summer Series.
Wednesday, June 21st, The Mixtape
Thursday, June 22nd, WE
Friday, June 23rd, "I am tired and possibly hungover and want to go home"
Swan Song Soiree: Saturday, June 24, 8-10pm, RSVP Required, $10 Suggested Donation
Three is a magic number! Don your shiniest party wear & grab a glass of champagne while the trio tackles the triptych in an interactive, evening-length piece- for the first and last time. RSVP here: Swan Song Soiree