delta dandiCotillion presents a staged reading of delta dandi
Written by Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by Baraka de Soleil
Featuring: Djola Branner, Baraka de Soleil,
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Lenelle Moïse,
and Matt Richardson
delta dandi is an inter-disciplinary theatre piece that gives voice to oral history/performed. delta dandi documents the Black American experience through the exploration of the transmigration of a Soul’s journey through the middle passage, the jim crow south and jooking blues.
Queer/of African descent/woman centered/multi-disciplined/about Spirit…delta dandi is a living cacophony of monologues, chants, choral tellings, blood memories dance and song. Through glimpses of the transmigration of one Spirit’s many lives/delta dandi asks how does collective grief and trauma inform the Black-American experience? What must a Soul do to heal? What is the traditional role of Queers in ritual? A re-imagining of sacred concerts and tone poems that jazz icons Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams innovated/delta dandi is ritual jazz theatre conjuring transformation and Love.
delta dandi is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Women & Their Work, in partnership with the National Performance Network. Major contributors of the National Performance Network are Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, go to npnweb.org
Photo One (opening page): Photo Credit: Bret Brookshire. From Sharon Bridgforth’s delta dandi produced by Women & Their Work in partnership with the National Performance Network and Sharon Bridgforth 1/9 & 1/10 2009 at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. Featured in this photo: Florinda Bryant (center), Sonja Perryman, Monique Cortez, Leigh Gaymon-Jones, Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Karla Legaspy.
Photo Two (above): Photo Credit: Bret Brookshire. From Sharon Bridgforth’s delta dandi produced by Women & Their Work in partnership with the National Performance Network and Sharon Bridgforth 1/9 & 1/10 2009 at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. Featured in this photo: Sonja Perryman (center), Leigh Gaymon-Jones, Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Helga Davis.
New Dramatists member Sharon Bridgforth is a two-time Alpert Award Nominee. Recipient of the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize, she received a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award for delta dandi, which was commissioned and produced by Women & Their Work in partnership with NPN. Bridgforth is the Lambda Award-winning author of the bull-jean stories, and love conjure/blues, a performance/novel (RedBone Press). She is co-editor of The Austin Project Archive: Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (forthcoming, University of Texas Press, 2010). Bridgforth is artist-in-residence at Northwestern University in the Performance Studies Department for fall 2009. http://sharonbridgforth.com
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