Grammy Award-winning musician Terence Blanchard, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris and visual artist, Andrew Scott will explore racial tensions and injustice through live music, dance and a host of visual projections.
Their Oct. 26 Ordway show examines larger societal issues, while reflecting the artists’ life experiences and their thoughts and feelings about Black lives in the 21st Century. Blanchard and his band, E-Collective, have collaborated with choreographer Rennie Harris’ company, Puremovement, and sculptor/projection mapping artist Andrew Scott to create a new work, “Caravan: A Revolution on the Road.”
The artists will create a multi-disciplinary performance that transcends racial and social boundaries and breathe new artistic life into conversations on personal and collective identity in relation to social and political structures. Following the release of “Breathless,” an elegy for Eric Garner, Blanchard expressed that “we’ve been having dialogues for far too long with no actions, no change.” The forceful, yet inclusive energy of this new project encourages the audience to make yet another step toward positive social change.
Blanchard’s fusion of jazz, R&B, blues, funk and soul will synergistically interweave with Harris’s approach to movement, which represents a kind of archaeology of the human spirit through vernacular African-American dance styles. Scott’s conceptually-based visual projections and installations, which are rooted in African and African-American art and culture, will integrate into the overall artistic narrative. The skeleton of the work will examine these larger societal issues, while the individual nuances of the stories will reflect the life experiences of each artist and their thoughts and feelings about Black lives in the 21st century.
One hour before “Caravan” a conversation moderated by Robin Hickman, CEO and executive producer of SoulTouch Productions, founder of Taking Our Place Centerstage, and Ordway Organizational Strategist, will take place.
Also, concert-goers will experience a unique art installation featuring fashion by Neil Taylor of True Headz Clothing, including his trademark caps that celebrate old school fat laces in a new way. Also the family of slain Philando Castile and community members will honor the life and humanitarianism of Castile, who was killed during a traffic stop by then St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.