About the Grant

$20,000 to support Vaudeville: Black at the Roots (MAP 2010), a 2-year collaboration between the Carolina Chocolate Drops, ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson, jazz tap dancer Reggio McLaughlin and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

About the Project

Vaudeville: Black at the Roots is a 2-year collaboration to re-create one of the most significant performative genres of America's national heritage. This collaboration will include a series of residencies and will culminate in an original production in Chicago. Like Vaudeville itself in its heyday, the piece will be intended for continued life as a touring project. The work intends to both entertain and challenge performers’ and audiences’ historically-conditioned assumptions about racially-explicit performance. It will offer both homage to the spirited performances that created a national a sensation in an era well before anyone had thought of special effects, but also take full advantage of advances in historical production.

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