1900 Ambrose Park, Brooklyn witnessed a vast spectacle of vaudeville dances, variety acts, folklore and songs with a cast of 500 African-Americans in the show Black America. In 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot destroyed the African-American community of Greenwood leaving close to 300 dead. Based loosely on the biographies of African-American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, Shape concerns the life and labors of vaudevillian fairies exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture and abandoned at times of great need. force/collision will create a devised work which concerns the historical record of early 20th century African-American performance with text by associate artist Erik Ehn.
Thursday, July 5th at 7:30pm – force/collision (Washington, DC) followed by Neutral Ground (New Orleans, LA)
Friday, July 6th at 8:30pm - Machine Theatre (Charlotte, NC) followed by force/collision (Washington, DC) followed by Roundtable Discussion: “Critical Masses”
Saturday, July 7th at 7:30 pm - force/collision (Washington, DC) followed by Awkward Elephant Project (Pittsburgh, PA)
Sunday, July 8th at 2:00 pm - Neutral Ground (New Orleans, LA) followed by Devised Artists’ Roundtable followed by force/collision (Washington, DC)
Force/collision is an interdisciplinary contingent of artists/collaborators whose mission is the creation of new performance works. Based in Washington, D.C., force/collision was created by theatre director John Moletress for the purpose of bringing together artists of mixed disciplines in order to spark dialogue and create space for the presentation of new work. The force/collision ensemble is John Moletress, Sue Jin Song, Collin Ranney, Karin Rosnizeck, Daniel Paul Lawson, Frank Britton, Ilana Faye Silverstein and Dane Figueroa Edidi. Associate artists include Erik Ehn and Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance.