EXHIBITION -- Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

12:00 AM-12:00 AM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st Floor)

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Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island

The monumental role that the theatre plays in constituting identity, both cultural and personal, cannot be denied. As one looks at the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, its influence can be seen on the development and implementation of the Black performing arts in Rhode Island….a state which, even before the ‘60s, was noted for its astonishing contributions to the Black performing arts. Rites and Reason at Brown University (the oldest Black collegiate theatre in the country) and Trinity Repertory were experimenting with issues of empowerment, democracy and integration on the stage – developing a research-to-performance process that has become a guidebook to utilizing the humanities to connect to community through public performance and community talk-backs – and implementing non-traditional casting, assigning actors of color to roles traditionally written for white actors.

“Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island” will explore the contributions Black artists have made to the performing arts, specifically on stage and screen, in Rhode Island. The project will help us look at performing arts as a tradition of dynamic cultural, ritual and identity exercises that tell important stories about the Black past and inform the present. While Blacks have used acting, dance, and storytelling to entertain, the act of forgetting, they’ve also used it in equal measure to build community, to be seen and heard, and to pass story and identity on to others. By extension, this project will collectively honor the RI makers of performance art, and “pass it on.”

This exhibition is sponsored by Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Opera Providence.

This project is part of the Pell Humanities Initiative in Rhode Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Pell Humanities Initiative is organized by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and the University of Rhode Island Libraries with the goals of honoring Rhode Island's late Senator Claiborne Pell -- who sponsored legislation that led to the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities -- and of showcasing the vital contributions of the humanities in our society today.

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