WERE YOU THERE

 

PREMIERE: Loeb Drama Center / Cambridge, MA
as part of our 2017
Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater
December 18, 2017

Conceived by DAVÓNE TINES and ZACK WINOKUR

Featuring DAVÓNE TINES, bass-baritone
Directed by ZACK WINOKUR

America’s memory is short, fractured, and skewed; this week’s tragedy is last week’s forgotten hashtag. Were You There, a musical and theatrical meditation featuring DAVÓNE TINES, takes up the task of strengthening our collective memory by gathering and channeling some of America’s most prescient voices, from the words and melodies of African-American spirituals to the poetry of Walt Whitman. It is an invitation to give voice to, and shed light on, the memory of those slaughtered at the hands of racial injustice, in the hope that by illuminating past and recent tragedies, we ensure that we do not repeat them.

“Were You There” is not a concert. It’s a lament, a memorial and a catharsis. It’s a calm, measured shaking of the audience’s shoulders." - The Bay State Banner

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
Sandbox / San Diego, CA
presented as part of “Hearing the Future,” a San Diego Symphony festival curated by Matthew Aucoin
January 13, 2019

OTHER PERFORMANCES:
Bijou Theater / Knoxville, TN
with string players of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as part of the Big Ears Festival
March 25, 2018

Shalin Liu Performance Center / Rockport, MA
as part of the 2018 Rockport Chamber Music Festival
July 6, 2018

INQUIRIES
BILL PALANT / BILL@ETUDEARTS.COM

 

Photo credit: Evgenia Eliseeva