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Performance: Richard Kennedy, Black Rage

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A radical opera by artist Richard Kennedy, exploring the pain, frustration, and tribulations of being African American in the 21st century.

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Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.

Black Rage: Negro Songs From a New Age Depression is an opera written by Richard Kennedy, with additional music by RaShonda Reeves. Written over the course of six years, Black Rage explores the pain, frustration, and tribulations of being African American in the 21st century. Diving head-first into social problems that have plagued the USA since its founding, Black Rage gives insight into some of the most intimate and heart-breaking moments endured in the quest for true liberation. Inspired by chain gang songs, slave hymns, and a collection of field interviews with former slaves, Black Rage uses the power of song to communicate a message of hope and peace, to inspire a new generation, and to honour those who survived the Middle Passage and the harsh conditions of early American life. Black Rage is an opportunity to better comprehend the black experience, while accepting that unless you have lived it, you can never fully understand it, only be compassionate to it.

Richard Kennedy restages Black Rage with New York based collaborators Alissa Brianna, RaShonda Reeves, Kyle Kidd, Isaiah Cook, Olin Caprison and Xander Gaines; who help to envisage his opera in this new context.

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