". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, October 20, 2016

El V Speaketh, er, um, emails?

     . . . . Off to lunch - rehearsal.  It's unsettling for me, because I am the only person involved in this Symphony Space project who not only isn't a professional stage performer, but I'm also the only one who has never had the slightest aspiration to be one.  But everyone is so nice, so talented, I'm sure I'll be fine.

You haven't heard much from me lately, because I've been deep in the preparation of The American Slave Coast at Symphony Space a week from Friday. 
Oh, my gosh. We're really doing this. The speakers have begun rehearsing. There are seven of us (see below, but, in alphabetical order of surname besides me and Constance,
Kandia Crazy Horse, Jonathan Demme, Lezlie Harrison, Nona Hendryx, and Carl Hancock Rux), and the energy is so strong. 
It's going to be extraordinary. 
Music. By. Donald. Harrison.
Let me say that again. 
Music. By. Donald. Harrison. 
With a group including Detroit Brooks and Zaccai Curtis.
One performance. 
I want to have people in that theater. We need people to know about The American Slave Coast at Symphony Space. I didn't know they were gonna do this special offer, but suddenly, in a kind of flash-sale promotional move, all seats are $10 until 11 a.m. Friday (28). I tested it and it sure-enough works. 
Tell your friends, and let your media know! If you can't be with us in NYC that night, let your friends know about it anyway. Hell, buy 'em some tickets! Do it today! 
Get $10 tickets with code TEN online, by calling 212.864.5400, or at the box office window. This offer will expire on Friday, October 27th. 

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Symphony Space, NYC
October 28
The American Slave Coast
American Book Award Winner
Authors Ned and Constance Sublette are joined by (in alphabetical order of surname): Kandia Crazy Horse, Jonathan Demme, Lezlie Harrison, Nona Hendryx, and Carl Hancock Rux -- masters of film, music, and the written word -- for an evening of creative exploration around the themes in the Sublettes' award-winning book, The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry. The speaking voices are set into saxophonist / composer Donald Harrison's live improvised score, with musicians including Detroit Brooks and Zaccai Curtis. 


Foxessa said...

Hmmm. Looks like from what Producer sent us while rehearsing that seats are close to sold out.

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Foxessa said...

From another e-mail:

Nona Hendryx, Lezlie Harrison, Kandia Crazy Horse, Constance Sublette -- Such strong women inhabiting this very strong text that is about antebellum women -- the subtitle is "The American Slave-Breeding Industry".

Foxessa said...

From an e-mail question: "Why Kandia Crazy Horse?

Because Kandia, equally from Virginia and southern Georgia origins, is of African American and Native American (Pamunkey) heriitage.

Which makes it all the more cool that she's part of the cask (she's also a singer-performer of southern roots traditional / rock). There's a lot in the book about the many atrocities including slavery of the Native American tribes in our history to make the southern states safe for plantation cotton slave economy.

Foxessa said...

That's supposed to be 'cast' not cask.

Gads, I'm so tired I'm typo-ing all over the place.