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13 & 14 oktober 2017: 2 new short works for art program "A Rap on Race Revisited"

Rex Clemensia © Monique Duurvoort | MDDance 

If history were the past, history wouldn’t matter. History is the present, the present. You and I are history. We carry our history. We act in our history. We act on it. –– James Baldwin

"A Rap on Race Revisited" is a project initiated by Petra Ponte, and is part of the Read My World festival which takes place at Framed Framed. The project is and is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

The triptych A Rap on Race Revisited reactivates the beautifully complex conversation between the Black writer/social critic James Baldwin (1924-1987) and the white anthropologist/museum curator Margaret Mead (1901-1978). Not in selective sound bites, but slowly, word by word.

The conversation unfolded during three sessions over the course of two days in the summer of 1970 and lasted roughly seven and a half hours in total. Initially there was no audience other than a tape-recorder. Their recorded exchange however, was soon transcribed and made public as A Rap on Race (1971).

The triptych is split up in two events, with part I taking place on Friday 13 October and parts II & III on Saturday 14 October. During each of the three parts of the programme Guillermo Blinker and Bea McMahon recite one section of the conversation verbatim. After the first and last performative reading Monique Duurvoort presents a short dance piece performed by Rex Clemensia in re/action to the conversation.

Entry: freely accessible and you can walk in and out, but please note there are limited seats available. The project is initiated by Petra Ponte and is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

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Triptych A Rap on Race Revisited:

Part I: FRI 13 OCT, 6:30- 10:30 pm*

Part II: SAT 14 OCT 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Part III: SAT 14 OCT 8:00 – 10:30 pm*

Performance new work by Monique Duurvoort following part I on Friday October 13th, and following part III on Saturday October 14th.

A Rap on Race Revisited
© 2017 Monique Duurvoort Dance