Post-show talk with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the company, immediately following performance in Stewart Theatre.
Writer/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph has garnered countless awards and critical acclaim for his passionate productions that seamlessly weave spoken word, contemporary movement, and hip-hop (most recently he was selected as a prestigious TEDGlobal 2017 Fellow). Bamuthi Joseph is at it again. With /peh-LO-tah/, he pairs soccer with performance to a powerful effect. Camaraderie, pride, and tradition across cultures are all in play.
Inspired by memories of playing soccer growing up, Joseph draws on his experiences as a child of Haitian immigrants. The multimedia work, developed with and directed by Michael John Garcés and choreographed by Stacey Printz, chronicles Bamuthi Joseph’s travels to World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. Choreography inspired by soccer technique complements the musical narratives performed live in English and Portuguese. Performers are accompanied by original music composed by Tommy Shepherd with selected vocal arrangements by Yaw Agyeman of the Black Monks of Mississippi, altogether creating an action-packed meditation on freedom and citizenship with “the beautiful game” at its core.
Joseph will be in residence with NC State LIVE for a week, partnering with a community-based youth soccer program to offer a week of soccer clinics and site-specific performances.