The Durham Arts Council, one of the pillars of the Durham’s art community, is holding a benefit for the arts. The show is called “The Clothesline Muse.”
There is a coming full-circle embedded not only in the narrative, but in the players. Nnenna Freelon was one of the first winners of the Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artist grants. She has gone on from that 1989 award to Grammys and national fame.
“The Clothesline Muse” is a multi-media performance piece. It combines live music, dance and artwork, to tell the story of women who washed clothes by hand, and through that story the writ large story of an entire culture. It is an outsider art production. The women washing the clothes weren’t sitting around reading the canon of the classics.
Clarion Content readers, who are fans of our Molly’s Minstrels column and understand the power of narrative handed down from grandmothers to mothers and mothers to daughters and granddaughters, will instinctively get it. And feel it. Story forms the core of how we explain our experience.
Freelon collaborated with Kariamu Welsh, who choreographed the show’s dances in mimicry of folding, drying, and other clothesline movements, and Maya Freelon Asante, a visual artist, whose contributions include photos, video, and set design.
“The Clothesline Muse” recognizes, respects, and delves deeply into that theme.
Tickets for the show, which is tomorrow night, Thursday at 6.30pm, in the Durham Arts Council, at #120 Morris Street, also include a buffet dinner and an intimate after the show discussion with the creators and performers.
This is an opportunity not to be missed.
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