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Contested Homes: Migrant Liberation Movement Suite

June 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm CDT

The final event of Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Artists-in-Residence Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez will be the online premiere of a free jazz opera. This is a new multimedia work that combines jazz, hip hop, spoken word, dance, and visual art animated and illustrated by students and guest artists. Barson and Rodriguez created the piece together with students from their “Artivism: Intercultural Solidarity & Decolonizing Performance” course. The new piece reflects themes of police violence, migrant justice, systematic racism, climate change, and visions of a new world.
The piece is student-driven, with their dedication and creative collaborations at the core of the work. Mentorship was provided by Ben Barson, Gizelxanath Rodriguez, and Peggy Choy, as well as guest artists Nejma Nefertiti, Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C, Rodrigo Carapia, Lacouir Yancey, and Adam Cooper-Terán. The online viewing is free and open to the public.
The music of the piece was performed and recorded by UW’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Johannes Wallmann. The choreography was created by Peggy Choy in collaboration with the students. Visual art created by Kim Inthavong and Rodrigo Carapia, and animated by Adam Cooper-Téran.
The performance will Premiere on the UW-Madison Arts on Campus Facebook Page. Followed immediately by a live Q&A session with the artists.


June 30, 2020
7:30 pm CDT
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