Join us for a performance and discussion with interdisciplinary artist avery r. young as he shares his debut poetry collection, neckbone. He will be joined by interdisciplinary performer and poet Dorothée Munyaneza. The evening includes an introduction to the visual verses from young’s new collection exploring the life of jazz vocal legend Billie Holiday. young discusses how his new form and structure are interdependent with content that interrogates racism, gender, colorism, religion, music, and Holiday’s relationship with saxophonist Lester Young.
Dorothée Munyaneza originates from Rwanda where she spent her childhood, is of British nationality, and currently lives in Marseille, France. She develops a range of work mixing genres and disciplines, between dance and folkblues such as using Woody Guthrie’s texts with Seb Martel and Catman; between dance, poetry and experimental music with Alain Mahé, Jean-François Pauvros and Ko Murobushi; and site-specific work such as at the Centre Pompidou, Paris with Alain Mahé or using the permanent collection of the MuCEM in Marseille, France. There will be an ASL interpreter at this event.
Cosponsored with High Concept Laboratories and Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago
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