EVENTS: Sugar, Water Fire - February 12th (2.6.19)
On Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm, Sugar, Water, Fire is coming to 6 River Terrace. This free event celebrates Black History Month with a performance piece featuring poet Lacresha Berry. Afterwards, Ms. Berry will be joined by Kamau Ware from Black Gotham Experience to discuss her work which responds to the stories told in BGX’s popular walking tours highlighting the impact of the African diaspora on Downtown NYC since 1625.
We spoke with Kamau Ware to learn more about the performance and Black Gotham Experience…
Tell us about Black Gotham Experience.
Black Gotham Experience celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City with walking tours, a photography-based graphic novel series, and events. We are beginning to grow into our role of creating content you can experience at the intersection of aesthetics and scholarship that illustrates the Black Diaspora as one unified epic.
Tell us about the performance:
Sugar, Water, Fire is an epic chorepoem that underscores the powerful, relevant, and often ignored black history as it relates to New York City. Through poetry, monologue and music, Berry shares the many stories and legacies of the Black Gotham Experience. Black Gotham commissioned Berry to create a piece that not only reflects the work of BGX but also highlights her work as a solo theatrical performer and sheds light on the major figures that made NYC what it is today.
What can locals expect from it?
NYC locals can expect a theatrical glimpse of disaporic life in the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s told through the lens of the historical figures during that time.
What makes it so unique?
SWF is unique because it opens up a whole new world of learning for those who might access and synthesize information differently. BGX runs tours where there’s a tour guide that facilitates discussion. This piece is very similar to the tour but it dramatizes and emphasizes the indelible points through narrative poetry and Afro futuristic sounds.
Why Battery Park City?
Programming near the rivers are important parts of using place to gain insight. We are usually in the Seaport District where our studio is located so it's nice to be near the Hudson.
What's coming up for BGX in 2019?
Here is our February line up.
We are also doing a Nerdy Thursdays series at SXSW in March.