Re-Creation Projects

As NPN considered how to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, keeping art at the center of the celebration emerged as a key consideration. The diverse, beautiful, challenging work supported by NPN for the last quarter-century deserved to be at the core of any sort of commemoration. By supporting the re-creation of five significant works, NPN aims to preserve, reinvigorate and bring a contemporary interpretation to the chosen pieces, while introducing them to a new generation of audiences. Each work received a minimum of $15,000 in co-commissioning support from three NPN Partners, toward the remounting of the work, and each will be presented at a minimum of three sites with NPN Residency support. Additionally, excerpts from each work will be featured at NPN’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Dallas December 9 – 13, 2010. The dance works (by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Jane Comfort and Pat Graney) are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.”

The five projects and their commissioners are:

1. Brian Freeman and Pomo Afro Homos’ Fierce Love. Lead commissioner is Theater Offensive (Boston); co-commissioners are Flynn Center (Burlington, VT), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA) and Dance Place (Washington D.C.).

2. Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh. Lead commissioner is La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley, CA); co-commissioners are Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA), Painted Bride (Philadelphia, PA) and Dance Place (Washington D.C.).

3. Pat Graney Company’s Faith Triptych. Lead commissioner is On the Boards (Seattle, WA); co-commissioners are Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT) and Flynn Center (Burlington VT).

4. Jane Comfort and Company’s Faith Healing. Lead commissioner is the Flynn Center (Burlington, VT); co-commissioners are Florida Dance Association and North Carolina State University Center Stage (Raleigh, NC).

5. Elia Arce’s First Woman on the Moon. Lead commissioner is MACLA (San Jose, CA); cocommissioners are DiverseWorks (Houston, TX), and Links Hall (Chicago, IL).

During the summer of 2010, NPN invited the artists and lead commissioner to sit down for a moderated conversation, to explore the genesis and evolution of the work (moderators included Ellen Sebastian Chang, Raelle Myrick-Hodges and Deborah Jowitt). The Center for Digital Storytelling, in collaboration with Mondo Bizarro, videotaped the interviews and edited the five conversations into short mini-documentaries which are posted on NPN’s website. Additionally, each conversation was transcribed, and transcriptions provided to writers who created the following summaries of these rich conversations.

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