He was raised in a musical environment; his mother was a member of a local gospel choir and his father was an Afro-Caribbean jazz arranger and piano player. His family owned a shortwave radio which received music broadcasts from around the world, exposing him at an early age to world music.
Harlem duet to Louise Harrington, the play relates to the movement of emancipation from English literature by adapting Shakespeare in a more political and contemporary way. Othello and Desdemona Mona in the present days and Miss Dessy in Harlem Duet explores both the dream and the nightmare.
Shakespeare is a god in the theatre.
He is the most famous playwright in the history of the world, and Othello is the most well-known Black character in all of theatre. In fact, Othello has achieved na archetypal status of mythic proportion.
But portraits of Othello, the character, or Othello the syndrome morbid jealousyall appear to have been painted by non-Black people.
I wondered who would Othello be if he were alive today? Who was Othello in my world, in my culture? I soon realized that I might actually know this guy, this Othello. I might, in fact, know him quite well.
I was assisted here by the convergence of two pieces of text that Mr. In act three, scene four, Othello declares: That handkerchief did an Egyptian to my mother give; she was a charmer, and could almost read the thoughts of people.
An antique token my father gave my mother. This contradiction in the provenance of the handkerchief suggested to me that neither narrative likely contained the entire truth of the matter.
Was there magic or malice woven into the web of that cloth? Moreover, who exactly would have placed it there, and why? I often refer to Harlem Duet as a rhapsodic blues tragedy, in taht it uses a blues aesthetic as a structural guide.
The blues is a true art form, "It can be very profound. As such, Harlem Duet emerges as a 7 stanza blues told in two acts.
Using linear and non-linear narrative structures, the play embraces discernible blues qualities that assert tendencies of "antiphonal structures" that is call and responserepetition, syncopation, fragmentation, solos, polyrhythmic improvisation, percussive melodies, hollers, scatting, ring shouts, and cyclicality.
She then added, "This is not a Black play. This is a human play. Ontario Council For The Arts.
Retrieved 30 March Empathy and Alienation inHarlem Duet". Three Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare". British Journal of Canadian Studies.Harlem Duet considers this, and plays out several variations of America's silent theme with bluntness and grace.
It's a good show done very, very well. It's a good show done very, very well. Harlem Duet is the prelude to Shakespeare's Othello, and recounts the tale of Othello and his first wife Billie (yes, before Desdemona).
Set in contemporary Harlem at the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X boulevards, the play explores the space where race and sex intersect.
THE STONE COMMISSIONS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER SARA SERPA TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through Harlem Duet, originally workshopped at New York City's Joseph Papp Public Theatre, was produced by Toronto's Nightwood Theatre and premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in April, Reviews: 2.
Harlem Duet has ratings and 19 reviews. Phillip said: This play is an adaptation of Othello, and what I find most interesting about it is the postmod /5. Dance Theatre of Harlem: Still a Beacon of Hope!
by Gregory King. When the professional company Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) went on hiatus in , I thought of the possible void that would be left by the absence of an institution that broke barriers, making ballet accessible to many dancers of color.