Set on a juking boat, with blueswomen, queers, deviants and Seers, River See is the prayer before the Great Migration. Experienced through the heart of a young woman-in-training, River See explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz. Through an improvisational process that happens during performance/with singers, dancers, musicians and audience members, Bridgforth composes a moving soundscape in support of SEE’s story.
River See uses Black traditions as the base for bringing together people from different ethnicities, religions, generations, gender and sexual identities, places of origin, class backgrounds, abilities, and aesthetics.
“This is a living composition/made of jazz technologies: polyrhythms, dissonance, simultaneity, playing Time, breaking form. Bodies/move in circles and lines. Performers sing/speak bits of text throughout the entire room vs only on the stage. During the rehearsal process I create physical language to signal directions to the performers. What they enter the (rehearsal) room with-their lived experiences, artistic expertise and impulses are the architecture for the signals. The audience is invited to choose how they will be active Witness/participants. Some will listen/hold space. Some will translate bits of text, some will offer gestures. Some will share in telling the story. Some will chant. We all work to serve SEE as she tells her story. Through a collective process, we become responsible to one another in the art of creating a piece about Love.” Sharon Bridgforth
18 Workshop Experiments HERE.
2014 River See World Premiere @ Links Hall in Chicago
A National Performance Network (NPN) Residency
Preview: June 18, 7PM
Performances: June 19 -21 7PM, June 22 3PM
June 27 – 28 7PM, June 29 3PM.
Tickets on sale soon at Links Hall.
The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA.
River See NPN Residency is set for November 10 – 16, 2014
Performance dates TBA.
River See NPN Performance Residencies @
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami) and
Living Arts Tulsa TBA.
STAY POSTED HERE.
River See & Creative Capital’s ARTIST PROJECTS “ON OUR RADAR” HERE.
River See Research HERE.
READ Dr. Omi Joni Jones’s RIVER SEE LINER NOTES HERE.
More than 112 individuals came aboard as partners via River See on USA Projects.
CHECK OUT OUR DONORS HERE.
We exceeded our goal/we rasied $20,917!!
The MAP Fund
National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund
River See is a NPN Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall in partnership with Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Theatre Offensive, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: National Performance Network.
River See NPN Commissioners and supporters pictured above.
Ellen Stone Belic Institute
River See received funding from The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media
I owe a special Sea of THANKS to Roell Schmidt, Director of Links Hall, for believing in me/for midwifing this project to Life. Roell’s hard work and Vision/her Producing skills have put this baby on da road! WOOOHOOO!!River See lead commissioner, Links Hall has been awarded support from: The National Performance Network Forth Fund; The Theatre School at DePaul University; A 2012 grant from The Albert Pick Jr. Fund; Arts Midwest funds; South Side Community Center; and The University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
New Dramatists Creativity Fund
River See received development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The work happened at New Dramatists, NYC, 9/2012.
This video features River See Dramaturge-Emily Morse, Director of Artistic Development at New Dramatists, speaking about River See at experiment #15 at Links Hall in Collaboration with University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, The Theatre School at DePaul University and The Ellen Stone Bellic Institute For The Study of Women And Gender In The Arts And Media Columbia College Chicago.