JACK Presents CHRONICLE X: A Revival By Nia O. Witherspoon
CHRONICLE X: A Revival is a concert-installation that applies ancient wisdom to contemporary strife through the power of sound and music. Merging the Yoruba sacred creation story of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding with the transcripts of Diamond Reynolds' Facebook Live video after Philando Castile was shot by police, and set to a multi-genre African-diaspora soundscape ranging from gospel to vogue, CHRONICLE X takes as its inspiration the revivals of the turn of the century, intended to bring humans closer to the divine. But instead of being tied to one church or tradition, this deconstructed revival is a shedding of white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy on the road to awaken the sacred: the sacred of the body, the sacred that is known and remembered, even in the face of that which is not understood. At CHRONICLE X, worship at black queer feminist church. Decolonize the sacred. Revive.
Creator & Playwright: Nia Witherspoon
Director: Mei Ann Teo
Composers: Troy Anthony & Spaceman
Narrator: Nicole Deshawn Junior, Nia Witherspoon
Lighting Designer: Tuçe Yasak
Stage Manager: Imani Champion
Musicians: Spaceman, Terry Burns, Tim Angulo
Friday, January 25 at 8 pm
Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm
Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm
TICKETS: $18 in advance (www.jackny.org or 866-811-4111) or cash only at the door
LOCATION: JACK | 505 ½ Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 | C or G train to Clinton-Washington
MORE INFO: CHRONICLE X: A Revival is an excerpt from the score of Witherspoon's The Dark Girl Chronicles, a play cycle set in a multi-temporal galaxy, and erected in honor of black women warriors against state violence. Part Yoruba ritual, part collective-manifesto, and part documentary-theatre, each play in the cycle focuses on the interiority and necessary dignity dark girls are so often robbed of in the public arena.