PREMIERING THIS FALL
Requiem for a Stranger
at New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center
Requiem for a Stranger is an expansive work of music and movement-theater created by physical theater company Vagabond Inventions in collaboration with Singer-Composer Renee Benson. This episodic, ensemble-devised project explores the heartspace of grief - an emotion that mainstream American culture habitually avoids, but which currently overwhelms our daily life.
Although initially conceived pre-pandemic, this timely project has evolved to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. Drawing inspiration from the poetry of adrienne maree brown, Nikki Giovanni, Rainer Maria Rilke, and the intimate experiences of the creators, Requiem presents a journey of dynamic movement, original sound, live music, and a kinetic set by Jeff Becker. In an absurd domestic netherworld, figures flow through overlapping crises, contradictory memories, the paradise of each mundane moment, and the language of the ancestral body: an epic love song for the stage.