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Ralph Lemon:
Come home Charley Patton

Mar 3–5, 2005


Copresented with The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

Come home Charley Patton is the formidable finale of The Geography Trilogy, the newly completed work of Ralph Lemon’s large-scale international trilogy on race and spirituality, which grew out of nine years of travel and reflection. Lemon developed this work by journeying across the Deep South, visiting the sites of lynchings, following the paths of civil rights marches, and meeting the descendants of early blues musicians. Investigating how different generations remember the same traumatic events and places, Lemon creates a troubling and beautiful work of dance-theater that layers loose buck dancing and documentary video, blues and opera, and unsettling stories with a kinetic set. Come home Charley Patton weaves a mix of iconoclastic literary and performance artists, from James Baldwin to Bruce Nauman, into this historically charged meditation on memory in America.

Design by Nari Ward
Music by Christian Marclay

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This project is supported by an award from National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from National Endowment for the Arts and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.