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FringeArts: Shavon Norris – Me and Jesus and Prince and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a One Bedroom apartment in the Bronx
September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$20
I grew up in a Black Sci-fi Christian home in the Bronx. My childhood was full of time travel, prayers, and the planet trying to recover from the apocalypse. There were Angels and aliens. There were twilight zone marathons, zombies and Sunday morning pews. I am from the Bronx. I do not speak the King’s English. I speak the Bronx English. My people have Caribbean and West Indian accents and tones. I speak Black Baptist church. Hymns and scriptures. I speak live long and prosper. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. I speak Prince. Sade. Luther Vandross. I speak the erotic and the sensual. The lusciousness and deliciousness of the body.
Me and Jesus and Prince and Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Bronx. I’m gonna dance them. Talk them. Altar. Chant. Sing them. Art them. Medicine them. Miracle and magic them. Circle them and share them. Hold them upside down. And shake out what’s hiding in the pockets. Me and Jesus and Prince and Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Bronx. We gonna tussle and we gonna pray. Mourn and celebrate. A little protest. A little prophecy. Maybe make peace and invite pleasure. We’ve lived our lives together. This is what I have to show for it.
Me and Jesus and Prince and Captain Jean-Luc Picard is a solo performance from choreographer, dancer, and facilitator Shavon Norris that explores the sounds, words, languages, doctrines, people(s), places, and objects that flooded her developing mind, body, and spirit. It is a love letter and a challenge to the biological, cultural, and historical artifacts and fossils in her blood and in her vision.
Written, Choreographed, and Performed by: Shavon Norris
Associate Director: Alex Torra
Creative/Emotional/Thinking Community (acknowledging those who hold space for Shavon in the different ways she wonders and wanders): Danielle Currica. Donya Williams. Fredrick Paden. Maureen Randolph. The Williams Family. Eli Nixon. Jumatatu Poe. Marcie Mamura. Megan Quinn. Rachel Camp. Leah Stein. Subcircle Residency.
This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival
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