Phantom Notes, a new work by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, twilight-sunrise, has been postponed. Stay tuned to first-works.org for a new date, to be announced.
Gold, Silver, and Coin make a world of time.
Prayer is in the ear of the river.
Playwright, poet, performer, and activist Vatic Kuumba and tap dancer, theater-maker and writer Orlando Hernández mix movement, poetry, improvisation and rhythm, in a twilight-into-dawn invitational performance that is equal parts ritual and historical portal. Drawing from their various practices of tap dance, percussion, poetry, rap and theater, Hernández and Kuumba investigate the legacy of Rhode Island’s slave trade, unseen history, and phantom labor.
FROM THE ARTISTS
“Phantom notes is an expression of memorial. The work celebrates the unanswerable questions that all living creatures ask. Phantom notes is a portal to the suppressed regions of our imagination. Through our process we have surfaced our own internalized fears. Learning the limitations of our vastness through the capacity of our talent. We invite witnesses to participate in this expression if they are prepared to surface and recognize their connection to mortality.”
The commissioning of works is FirstWorks’ latest initiative to support Rhode Island’s arts community, and speaks to the organization’s commitment to local artists as essential partners and to supporting “firsts” in the arts. Offering platforms for local artists to create and present their work is a part of FirstWorks’ “Raise Your Voice” programming, a thematic initiative that amplifies diverse voices and celebrates difference through the arts.
This project is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit http://www.arts.gov.