Choreographer, director, and Bay Area performance innovator Joanna Haigood explores issues of race and identity in her performance installation, Between me and the other world, Thursday through Sunday, October 3-6, 2019 at Zaccho Studio in San Francisco.
Between me and the other world is a dynamic exploration of scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois’ seminal work The Souls of Black Folks. The performance installation has been created in collaboration with composer Anthony Brown, media artist David Szlasa, and scenic designer Sean Riley, who together have created an immersive environment that evokes the identity duality or “double consciousness” described by DuBois.
In the performance installation, audiences are welcome to move around the space and view the performance from different vantage points. The performances will loop approximately every 30-minutes with performing artists alternating. David Szlasa’s media design re-contextualizes Dubois’ ideas with contemporary imagery sourced from current news and the live performance. Dr. Brown’s music draws from Dubois’ novel The Souls of Black Folks and Dubois’ references to African American’s deep roots in spirituals, and it traverses the sonic terrain from Spirituals to jazz to 21st century postmodern soundscapes. Sean Riley’s set design is a series of moveable scrimmed panels that change the shape of the performing area and provide a dynamic surface for the projected imagery.