Up Right: Atlanta
by Nick Cave
world premiere presented by Flux Projects
April 24-26, 2015
Ponce City Market, Atlanta
Presented in two-parts, the first, energetic and celebratory, is typical of Cave’s previous work as twelve dancers, led by the ‘drum major’ and accompanied by a six-member drum-line, invade the performance space. Costumed in brilliant multi-colored rafia and hair Soundsuits the dancers leap and weave through the audience, to the stage.
The second part, haunting and ritualistic, features seven ‘initiates’ dressed by seven ‘practitioners.’ Cave describes this work as a ‘call to arms, head and heart’ for the initiates – the lead African American male characters of this work. The initiates are sculpted, piece by hand-crafted piece in the Soundsuits, readying mind, body, and spirit to face the forces that stand in the way of their selfhood. Fully adorned the initiates become warriors, active in their own destiny.
Cave worked with T. Lang, assistant professor of dance at Spelman College and artistic director of T. Lang Dance. Lang auditioned and cast twenty-nine Atlanta artists for this event - dancers, performers, and musicians and choreographed the dance sequence.
Upright: Atlanta perfromances:
Original compositions and score by Che G Marshall
Music by Sforzando: Quints (Che Marshall); Snare Drum (Demetrius Green); Tenor Drum (Gerrell Robinson); Bass Drum (Akeem Marble); Cymbals (Darrick Williams)
Patron Preview Party – Thursday, April 23, 7 pm
Friday, April 24 – 4 pm and 7 pm
Saturday, April 25 – 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, April 26 – noon and 3 pm
~ Almost 4,000 attendees came out to see Up Right: Atlanta ~
Photographs by Thom Baker; and Rafterman Photography