BOSTON Â- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents the Boston premiere of red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb), onMay 11 and 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA (100 Northern Ave., Boston). General admission tickets are $25, $22 for members and students, and can be purchased at www.icaboston.orgor by calling (617) 478-3103. Written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and designed to initiate a dialogue about environmental justice, social ecology, and collective responsibility in an era of climate change, rbGb is a full-length, multimedia performance combining dance and imagery in a new mode of kinetic performance.The piece reunites seven artists from the acclaimed work, the break/s: a mixtape for stage. Developed during a three-year community-based civic and artistic process, rbGb takes place within a modular set of row houses made from repurposed materials, designed by visual artist Theaster Gates. These houses represent four American cities — Oakland, New York, Houston, and Chicago — where rbGbÂ’s narrative grew out of the stories and energy cultivated at JosephÂ’s signature «Life is Living» Festivals. Within and among the houses, distinctive characters share personal stories through poetry, monologue, song, and movement that reflect on poverty, violence, racial consciousness — and how we, as a collective society, can invent and navigate sustainable survival practices in urban America. Immersing audiences in a new mode of kinetic performance, rbGb strives to unite communities around a broader definition of «sustainable living» and to be a catalyst for cultural and creative engagement.Directed by Cornerstone TheaterÂ’s Michael John Garcés, Joseph is joined on stage by an ensemble cast, including actor/dancer Traci Tolmaire, musician Tommy Shepherd, and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates. Additional collaborators include choreographer Stacey Printz, filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, lighting designer James Clotfelter, and media designer David Szlasa. Running time is 1 hour 50 minutes with no intermission.«A piece as smart and provocative as it is breathtakingly beautiful.»Â–San Francisco Chronicle«Marc Bamuthi Joseph belongs to the rare breed of artists who can kindle political and cultural awareness while delivering a highly entertaining performance. » Â- The Philadelphia InquirerMore information is available here:


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