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The Process Series: Survival, Economies, Music: Final Performance (Virtual)

May 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

The Process Series: Crossing Boundaries will present Survival, Economies, Music, a new musical by Artist-in-Residence and Mellon DisTIL Fellow, Toshi Reagon.

This work is part of a series focusing on migration/immigration as a way we engage with survival, economies, and music. Created in collaboration with Professor Renee Alexander Craft, Professor Joseph Megel and COMM 665 students.

Comm. 665 is an arts-based inquiry into the ways in which performance and theatricality structure contemporary politics, culture, and everyday life, as well as the ways in which artists utilize performance as a mode of political engagement. Our Spring 2020 course was taught by Department of Communication Professors Renée Alexander Craft and Joseph Megel in collaboration with international musician, artist, and Andrew W. Mellon Creative Futures Fellow Toshi Reagon. This was the first course in a multi-year collaboration.

Using The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times 1619 Project, and The Watchmen created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as our anchoring texts and media, we have focused on memory, race, and activism. With the help of Toshi Reagon, we engaged with the urgency and necessity of song in mobilizing communities toward liberation. Taken together, these resources gave us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of story-telling—written, spoken, and sung—as modes of survival. They allowed us to explore the ways tactics of the past might unlock pathways for liberation in the present.

The class’s final performance, which is tied together and amplified by Toshi Reagon’s music, features student’s personal narratives and inter-generational interviews that represent their reckonings with race and belonging. We also have included an excerpt from a student performance written in response to The Water Dancer and 1619 Project.

We are proud of the work our students have done and hope that you will join us for the performance.

Produced in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 958 6190 4780
International numbers available:
or join us on FACEBOOK live: The Process Series; New Works in Development at the same time


May 2, 2020
7:00 pm