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In Performance: Ni’ja Whitson: A Meditation on Tongues (American Realness)

Ni'ja Whitson: A Meditation on Tongues

Ni’ja Whitson: A Meditation on Tongues (World Premiere) 
Sunday, January 8, 8:30 PM
Monday, January 9, 4 PM

American Realness Festival
Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street
New York, NY United States

The performance begins in the cramped corridor of Abrons Arts’ Underground Theatre. Performer Harold Ninja (of the legendary House of Ninja) is framed in a doorway of light. His body cuts through the crowd like a snap. He dances with precision, pacing, placement, and poise.  A live interdisciplinary adaptation of Marlon T. Riggs film “Tongues United”,  Director/Adaptor/Performer Ni’Ja Whitson and performer Kirsten Flores-Davis examine the complexities of black gay men. Through words and dance, we see these identities at war with each other. When out of sync, these identities destroy each other. When in sync, the power is as explosive as a well-earned snap.  Whitson and Flores-Davis explore Riggs film with precision, pacing, placement, and poise.


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Terrence I Mosley is a Director/Writer born in Chicago, IL. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Syracuse University, he worked as an actor in some of Chicago’s most esteemed companies including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, and Northlight Theatre. As a director, he has worked with the BBC, The Goodman Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is alumni of the Professional Leadership Program at Steppenwolf and served as the School at Steppenwolf Assistant Coordinator. He is also the writer of ONE and GILBERT OR FRANK. He is currently a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. His work aims at exposing the social systems within a play in order to build healthier, more equitable systems.

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