(The MYstory of an Angry Black)
Brought to you by Bonnie & Clyde Guerilla Art Productions in conjunction with Grace Exhibition Space W/Special Guest Performance by Mr Yinka Oyewole. UK singer/songwriter Mr Yinka Oyewole's influences include Sly Stone, David Bowie, Funkadelic and Elvis Costello from which he carves his own unique niche, adapting funk in a similar way to how The Black Keys have adapted blues. Weaving excellent storytelling with insistent grooves, unrelenting hooks and super soulful vocals it’s music to be felt as well as heard!
W/Special Guest Performance by Mr Yinka Oyewole. UK singer/songwriter Mr Yinka Oyewole's influences include Sly Stone, David Bowie, Funkadelic and Elvis Costello from which he carves his own unique niche, adapting funk in a similar way to how The Black Keys have adapted blues. Weaving excellent storytelling with insistent grooves, unrelenting hooks and super soulful vocals it’s music to be felt as well as heard!
ONEMAN (The MYstory of an Angry Black)
I AM ‘ONEMAN’… i am the invisible. Tell me, do you truly know FREEDOM or are you simply adhering to an illusion? I ask you, WHAT IS REAL? CAN YOU FEEL? ARE YOU FREE? IS YOUR PAST STILL PRESENT? CAN THE BROKEN EVER TRULY RE-MEMBER?
'ONEMAN’, is the moniker ascribed to this provocative, complex and visceral guerilla art project. It's a living, multi-disciplinary, multi-media, multi-dimensional artistic (theater/performance art) hybrid that conveys its message via use of the body and monologue. Incorporating elements of improvisation with scripted text and autobiographical narrative, the work covers a vast array of issues (societal, cultural and political) – which include but are not limited to class, race, gender, sexuality and religion – and scrutinizes notions of freedom and equality in America. ‘ONEMAN’ deliberately operates in a realm of graphic and emotional extremes. Challenging the viewer’s tolerance and capacity to feel and identify with the disturbing and uncomfortable, while simultaneously causing them to ponder their own perceptions of freedom and being. In proposing that we do not act of our own volition/freewill but are in fact the products of societal conditioning; ‘ONEMAN’ evokes provocative questions not only as to our inability to truly know “FREEDOM” but also as to our willful compliance, apathy and blindness towards oppression. The work also arouses serious thought in regards to America’s (slavery marred) past, the psychological and social impact of that past and the role that past still plays in the shaping of our collective present.
Preach R Sun: attended Howard University as a Theater Arts/Dance major. He has performed on Russell Simmons’s highly acclaimed series, HBO Def Poetry Jam. His choreography and performance works have been presented nationally and internationally including Japan, England, Barbados and France. His national credits include – but are not limited to – Performance Space 122 (NYC), Theater for the New City (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), Smithsonian Institute (Wash DC), Kennedy Center (Wash DC), and Dance Place (Wash DC). His choreographic work has also been commissioned by internationally renowned (hip-hop choreographer) Rennie Harris for his Philadelphia based dance company, Pure Movement. Preach R Sun also wrote (and co-developed the innovative hip-hop dance column) for the premiere issue of Vibe produced hip-hop publication Blaze Magazine.
Lenora Pace: theatre and film director, dramaturge, producer, co-developer and writer. Her (national and international) artistic credits include, BREAKING NEWS, an independent film created at Kent State University (KSU), ( Co-Writer and Co-Producer), Richard Wesley’s THE SIRENS (Co-Director and Choreographer) KSU, Lennie St. Luce’s Imminent Theatre Production, performed in London and Amsterdam (Experimental Movement Director), Rha Goddess’ MEDITATION with the GODDESS, performed across the USA and the Netherlands (Director, Co-Developer, Dramaturge), WE GOT ISSUES! , performed at the Apollo Theatre, a performance piece (Co-Director, Co-Developer, Co-Dramaturge, Experimental Movement Director, Lyricist), Daniel Beaty’s EMER-GEN-SEE, NYC (Director, Co-Developer, Dramaturge), Tanya Barfield’s PECAN TAN, Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY (Director), Alexander Thomas’ THROW PITCHFORK, New York Theatre Workshop and the Kitchen Theatre (Director), NYTW Directing Fellow on the Artist Staff. Pearl Cleage’s BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY, Portland Stage (Director), Tracey S. Wilson’s I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT CAGED BIRD WON’T SHUT UP and EXHIBIT #9, NYC, Preach R Sun's 'ONEMAN' (Creative Collaborator/Directorial Consultant and Videographer).
ONEMAN (The MYstory of an Angry Black): conceived and performed by Preach
Lenora Pace: creative collaborator/directorial consultant and videographer
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