During a week-long residency, experimental group creates new work with audience participation
Visionary Scott Patterson brings Afro House to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater for a week-long residency from December 5th – 9th culminating in a 7 pm pay-what-you-wish showcase of their new work, Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, on Friday, December 9th. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Showcase is pay-what-you-wish, cash only at the door. The residency is part of the NextLOOK series made possible by a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium.
Midway through the residency a public workshop will be held at Joe’s Movement Emporium where audience members can join the members of Afro House in creating two significant “sounds” that will play integral roles in the final piece showcased on Friday.
The Sound Experiment Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 7 pm and is free to for all to participate. The hands-on workshop will allow audiences of all ages and abilities to try out different instrumentations in a creative atmosphere. The workshop is two hours long and will include light refreshments for participants.
The final showcase on Friday, December 9th at 7 pm in Joe’s black box brings to life Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, a sci-fi tone poem by Afro House artistic director Scott Patterson. Through sound, song and spoken word the audience will follow General Ebon Kojo and Ra-7, sent from a dying earth to “recolor” a distant and barren plant, Beta-5. However, upon arrive both are confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both.
About Afro House
Afro House is a company of professional artists whose collective skills, knowledge and craftsmanship are channeled for the creation of art that disrupts normative ideas about human being. Musicians, dancers, designers, actors, image makers and writers push the boundaries of their own disciplines so that each art form might effectively bleed into the next, creating something evolutionary.
The vision that directs Afro House is most clearly expressed in the music of its artistic director, Scott Patterson, whose compositions are a blend of classical, soul and rock, simultaneously futuristic and retro, emotive and luxurious. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.
Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819.