Rebecca Mwase’s Cultural Projects: Vessels
VESSELS is a seven-woman harmonic meditation on the transcendental possibilities of song during the Middle Passage. Experienced within an interactive and acoustically rich sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this interdisciplinary ritual performance explores singing as a survival tool and asks, “What does freedom sound like in a space of confinement?”
VESSELS premiered at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in March 2019 and will return to New Orleans in the fall of 2019 in partnership with Junebug Productions. In 2020, the piece will tour to east coast port cities that were active during the Transatlantic Slave Trade and beyond. VESSELS is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Junebug Productions in partnership with Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and NPN.