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By 651 ARTS on October 07, 2010

Philip Miller, Carrie Mae Weems & Talvin Wilks
The Venus Project, a work-in-progress

with artist talk Saturday, October 23 | 5:30pm
The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space
At the Mark Morris Dance Center
Call 718.636.4181 x2229 to make a reservation
651 ARTS’ Africa Exchange program is thrilled to welcome and support South African composer Philip Miller, in the development of Miller’s latest musical-drama, a contemporary “video diary” of Sara Baartman’s journey told through song, set, and video projection. Miller will collaborate with world-renowned video artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems and theater director/playwright Talvin Wilks to tell the story of Sara Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus,” a slave girl and accomplished singer, dancer, and musician who, despite her talents, was paraded around Britain in 1810 as an anthropological exhibit. She died tragically in 1815 but made headlines nearly two centuries later when, in 2004, Nelson Mandela successfully campaigned to have her remains returned to the land of her birth. Join us as we get a glimpse of this project in its development and are offered insights into the artists’ desire to delve into this emotional subject matter.

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Davion  on  December 29, 2011  at  08:57 AM

There are no words to dercisbe how bodacious this is.




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