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MULTIMEDIA // The 51st Dream State // by Sekou Sundiata

Sekou Sundiata's call to a Nation, on the precipice  | a multimedia work“New American Theatre” by Sekou Sundiata & Bora Yoon:

The 51st (dream) state is nationally acclaimed poet Sekou Sundiata’s contemplation of America’s national identity, power in the world and guiding mythologies. The work, which Sundiata imagines as his poetic and personal “State of the American Soul Address,” explores how America defines itself in a new era characterized by unprecedented global influence and power.

It is an adventure, a quest to find a vision of what it means to be both a citizen and an individual in a deeply complex, hyperkinetic society. The 51st (dream) state features a cycle of songs accompanied by a live band, poems and monologues, supported by still and moving projected images.

51st (dream) state // BAM NextWave

Written & Conceived by Sekou Sundiata
Directed by Chris McElroen
Musical Direction Graham Haynes, Eddie Allen
Choreography by David Thomson
Sound Design Lucas Indelicato
Visual Projections Sage Marie Carter
Vocal Arranger Richard Harper
Lighting Design Rick Murray
Costume Design Liz Prince

Cast of Performers
LaTanya Hall, vocals
Ronnell Bey, vocals
Samita Sinha, vocals
Bora Yoon, vocals, violin, found sounds, electronics
Adam Klipple, keyboards
Bill White, guitar
Calvin Jones, bass
Chris Eddleton, drums
Eddie Allen, trumpet

Original music & arrangements by:
Bill Toles, Graham Haynes, Bora Yoon, Ani Difranco, Valerie Naranjo, Abbey Lincoln, and Samita Sinha.

Presenters: Walker Art Center, Stanford Lively Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music NEXTwave Festival, Aaron Davis Hall, HarlemStage, The Gatehouse, Miami Dade College, University of Michigan Musical Society, University of MD, Bucknell University, Zeiterion Theatre, Songs of the Spirit.

Dates: 2005-2008

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