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About the Grant

$25,000 to support One Shot (MAP 2006), a dance theater piece by Evidence Dance Company inspired by the life and work of noted photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris.

About the Project

From 1936 to 1975, Charles "Teenie" Harris, aka One Shot, captured many aspects of daily life in Pittsburgh in his photographs: the spirit of childhood, the indulgences of decadence, and the soul of jazz. Inspired by these photographs, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company is creating a new dance work, One Shot, that will discover the story inside and behind the photos, in the music and in the life. Using the music of Billy Strayhorn, MeShell Ndegeocello, Ahmad Jamal, among others, and a movement vocabulary of contemporary choreography and social dances from the 1930's and beyond, this dance theater work examines the effect that One Shot's legacy has on community and individual evolution. Brown sees the project as an opportunity to share a moment, to bring the image to life and share the music and truth that has been suspended in space and time. Following the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh premiere, the work will tour throughout the United States into 2009. One Shot will be accompanied by a traveling exhibition of Harris photographs which are archived at the Carnegie Museum of Art. With One Shot, Evidence Dance Company pays homage to an artist of great humanity, Charles "Teenie "Harris and presents his astounding archivements to new audiences.



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