Works in Progress: CREATION Project at Erickson Theater
Last weekend, the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas showcased CREATION Project 2012. Each of the three performances featured were current works by the artists, some not yet finished, or still being fine-tuned. As a program dedicated to Black culture and cultural awareness in general, CD Forum encourages the development and success of black artists whose work encourages thought and education about black culture.
Guest artist Shontina Vernon performs an excerpt from "WANTED", what she intends to soon become a full musical theater piece. Backed by live guitar, Vernon's songs and monologue illustrated her experiences and struggles as an adopted child.
Tsige 'Ziggy' Tafesse and Kia Pierce perform in a 20 minute excerpt from "Epicene", a performance written by Imani Sims.
Danny Long dances in "The Blood: Unnaturally/Natural", a piece he choreographed himself. In the emotionally-charged performance, he battles with religion and endures everything from pure joy to it's most oppressive qualities.
Friday night ended with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss performances with the artists.