approx. 60 mins.
Christina Wheeler will premiere her complete tone-poem suite titled “The Totality of Blackness Trilogy”, a multimedia, immersive sound and video performance work devised to engender a space that reframes our experience of Blackness and the accompanying fear often intrinsically enmeshed therein. The trilogy will be presented over three consecutive nights. Each tone poem is sung through subtle, elongated vocal techniques with effects processing, allowing the audience to experience the music’s message as both a meditative invocation and a transportive experience, creating a new relationship with Blackness, where fear can be released, and a place of love for the self relative to and included in the larger context of the world and the universe can be encouraged.
In part one, “Emerge from the Totality of Blackness”, the artist engenders a space that reframes our experience of corporeality and the attendant fear found in the physical transformation from conception through birth, by devising new frameworks to re-experience our gestational history. The audience experiences the work lying down within a surround, multi-speaker sound system, enveloped by video projections of imagined pre-visual imagery, that creates the opportunity to revisit the original interior universe that we've left without the means to negotiate the new, seeming solitariness of life.
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