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Alive! + What Black Life Requires

Alive! + What Black Life Requires: Storytelling Through Movement, Poetry and Music

On February 20th at Nina Haggerty Centre for the arts, curator and poet Brandon Wint, in conjunction with the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, presents an evening of multi-disciplinary artistry lead by Black, Edmonton-based artists. The evening will feature two distinct works that combine poetry, dance and music while expressing the resilience, intellect, rigour and joy that are part of the Black life in Canada.

What Black Life Requires is an interdisciplinary performance which fuses modern, contemporary, ballet, afrobeat, and hip hop dance styles with Brandon Wint's spoken word poetry to explore the resilience, ingenuity, diversity and brilliance of Black Life. The piece is a powerful expression of Black creative unity, diversity, and womanhood, which explores the tension between personal narrative and collective experience within the context of Black life in Canada. This iteration of the piece will feature Lebogang Disele, Mpoe Mogale, Brandon Wint and Adesewa Adeleye

Alive! is a work of lyrical, poetic storytelling written by Brandon Wint. The poetic writing and performance is powerfully and sensitively amplified by Edmonton-based movement artist Mpoe Mogale and musicians Rebecca Parsons (piano), Jane Berry (vocals), Justin Khuong (guitar) and Bhuyash Neupane (tabla), and, whose energetic, expansive, and often-luscious compositions make Alive! an intriguing and bold journey through notions of collective memory, justice, lineage and freedom.

This show will showcase a 25-minute Black History Month preview of Alive! in anticipation of its full premier on March 1st, 2019.