About the Grant

$35,000 to support /peh-LO-tah/ (MAP 2014)
$5,000 to general operating expenses for MAPP International Productions

About the Project

/peh-LO-tah/ is a multi-media theater work that springs from a hypothesis linking soccer, the world’s most popular pastime, to local and global economic hierarchies, fan behaviors, political allegiances and social practices. Grounded in a series of spoken word poems, the narrative unites ephemeral sites within Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s biography – the feelings of freedom he associates with both dancing and playing soccer – with broader contexts drawn from extensive research (social, political, historical, artistic and personal) in Brazil, South Africa and Europe. Choreography by Stacey Printz and Amara Tabor Smith will draw simultaneously on secular and folkloric dance from South Africa and Brazil, postmodern and hip hop vocabulary, and movement strategies of footballers on the field. A visual exposition of a global moment, /peh-LO-tah/ juxtaposes the moving body in full view with the animated body in shadow in an environment created by cinematic shadow theater artist Christine Marie. Directed by Michael John Garcés, /peh-LO-tah/ also features a sound score by percussionist/DJ Tommy Shepherd and video design by David Szlasa; the cast includes Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Amara Tabor Smith, Tommy Shepherd and Traci Tolmaire. With poetry, dance, music and visual imagery, /peh-LO-tah/ expresses passion for the global game and the feelings of physical liberation inherent in sport, while inquiring into the insistent pathologies that divide humanity into separate and unequal parts.

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MAPP International Productions

Marc Bamuthi Joseph


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