About the Grant

$20,000 to support River See (MAP 2012), a new interdisciplinary performance set along the Mississippi delta with writer and conductor Sharon Bridgforth.

About the Project

River See is an interdisciplinary performance set along the Mississippi delta on a juking boat in the backwoods during ritual with blues women, queers, deviants and Seers, experienced through the heart of a young woman-in-training. River See is sacred text.

These blues stories are bought to life by an orchestra comprised of a choir, a jazz quartet, a company of dancers, an actor, and an audience given text to respond with. A conductor conjures the experience.
River See explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz.The text weaves ecstatic, transcendent practices and rituals, housed in the activities of a juking riverboat community deep in the black Delta South. River See uses African-American rural Southern traditions as the basis for bringing people together from different ethnicities, religions, generations, gender, sexual identities, places of origin,class backgrounds, abilities, and aesthetics. Through a collective process, we become responsible for one another in the art of creating a piece about love.

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