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The Grey Land premiere

Date, location, and tickets

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
at 8:00 PM

509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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Event Information

Joseph C. Phillips Jr. – Composer, Conductor
Arielle Bonnett – Soprano soloist
Kenneth Browning – Narrator
Malik Isasis & Xuan Zhang – Video/Film
Edisa Weeks – Choreography
Michael Hammond – Electronics
TBA – Dance Soloist
Numinous – 28-instrument ensemble

The Grey Land is a mono-opera, which through the lens of one Black mother’s experiences navigating American society with her son, explores universal themes of humanity and identity through the intractable triumvirate of race, class, and power. This work ruminates and comments more specifically on the larger longstanding systemic societal, economic, and cultural issues the recent spate of police shootings and protests have brought to the wider public consciousness, while integrating a variety of writings, film, dance, as well as dramatic elements in order to advance a non-traditional narrative that embraces the social multitudes and “dichotomies of high and low, inside and outside, tradition and innovation” within black culture. This world premiere will be a semi-staged, concert version of the composition.


This event is supported by a grant from New Music USA.

Participants: Joseph Phillips

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