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Theater and jazz improvisation merge together in a new piece created by Sharon Bridgforth and featuring Sonja Parks.
Set on a juking boat, with blues women, queers, deviants, and seers, RIVER SEE by Sharon Bridgforth uses Black American rural southern tradition and an aesthetic steeped in jazz as the base for bringing people together to witness and create. RIVER SEE is the prayer before the Great Migration. This production features Sonja Parks and includes some of the Twin Cities most exciting multi-disciplinary performers: Aimee Bryant, Mankwe Ndosi, Leah Nelson, Kenna Cottman, and Truth Maze. Creator Sharon Bridgforth also appears onstage as she choreographs the words, sounds, movement, and singing live in front of the audience.
RIVER SEE explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz. The text serves as the score and structure for the improvisational process that births the performance. Through this process, occurring during the event between performers and audience, we become responsible to one another in the art of creating a piece about Love.