Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project: red, black & GREEN: a blues

“The four performers are magnetic...A piece as smart and provocative as it is breathtakingly beautiful.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“[red, black & GREEN’s] heart is in the joyous, ingratiating performances and the music of its language.”
—The New York Times

The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series



Alpert Award-winning theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s soul-stirring performance draws on hip-hop’s interdisciplinary foundations to create a kaleidoscopic investigation of collective responsibility in an era of climate change. Within an evolving modular stage set-cum-art installation—an interactive shotgun cabin constructed from reclaimed materials by celebrated visual artist Theaster Gates—Bamuthi and his performers deliver powerful verse and impassioned songs that examine notions of “living green,” and what that might mean to communities under social and economic duress. Backed by documentary video, red, black & GREEN: a blues is shaped by stories gathered during urban eco-festivals organized by Bamuthi Joseph in cities across the U.S., and offers an expansive vision of environmental justice, social ecology and what it means to nurture ourselves and the planet. Directed with passionate urgency by Michael John Garcés, Bamuthi is joined onstage by a magnetic and multi-talented cast, including Tommy Shepherd (a.k.a. Emcee Soulati), Traci Tolmaire and Yaw.

Funded in part with generous support from The Herb Alpert Foundation. The Alpert Award in the Arts, a fellowship program that supports innovative practitioners in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual arts, is administered by CalArts on behalf of The Herb Alpert Foundation.

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THU 1/31
8:30 pm
FRI 2/1
8:30 pm
SAT 2/2
8:30 pm
SUN 2/3
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff