This is the Ground
A Site-Specific Musical Walk

An interactive musical walk through America’s volatile political history seen through the lens of American song encompassing centuries of history and a diverse array of writers and composers.The musical and spoken narrative centers the unique perspective of marginalized voices in our society.

“This site-specific piece is an exploration of intimacy, activism, and self reflection through the eclectic lens of American music-1776 through the present day. It is our hope that you leave feeling refreshed, renewed and connected to your community.”
– Latrelle Bright and Jerre Dye

Designed as an interactive musical walk, This is the Ground centers the voices of marginalized populations in American society throughout the ages and maps the American refusal to surrender.

With support from famed song historian Paul Sperry, music includes a diverse array of songs spanning popular and classical styles ranging from the 1790s to now.

Music includes compositions by William Bolcom, Margaret Bonds, Adolphus Hailstork, and Kamala Sankaram as well as folk songs, pop songs and spirituals inspired by the likes of Odetta and Patti Smith.

PREMIERE:
July 2019 In Partnership with The Old Stone House, Anti-Social Music and Sing for Hope

Directed by:
Latrelle Bright
Jerre Dye

Line Production: Sidney Dixon Weberndörfer
Stage Management: Blake Kile

Featured performers:
Lindell Carter
Adrienne Danrich
Victoria Davis
Drew Fleming
Joy Jones
Kamala Sankaram

Accompanied by:
Christopher Berg
Drew Fleming
Kamala Sankaram
Brian Thompson
Kirin McElwain
Ross Wightman