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Many Patterns, One Cloth

A fabric that incorporates swirls of green, gold, white and black
Poster by Fleur Kuhta

A multi-disciplinary performance project led by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page and Professor Judyie Al-Bilali
March 30, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
April 1 at 2 p.m.
In the Curtain Theater
$15 general admission, $5 students and seniors

This multi-faceted performance piece draws its inspiration across time and place to explore how the artistic and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora can restore balance in contemporary society. With a close look at the revolutionary resilience of centuries-old terrieros (spiritual houses) of Candomblé led by Brazilian women to the fierce and famous Baby Dolls of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations to Beyonce’s bold embodiment of Osun in Lemonade the celebration of female power, beauty, and agency is central to African Diasporic religion and culture. With Many Patterns, One Cloth, the creative team melds storytelling, music, and dance as research into trans-Atlantic traditions in Cuba and the US. Professors Page and Al-Bilali, together with student creators, will collaborate with scholars, as well as a cohort that includes a playwright, choreographer, dancers, and musicians to create a brand-new work.

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