Afro-Diasporic Opera Forum
May 26 – 28, 2021
The Afro-Diasporic Opera Forum is a three-day series of events produced by colleagues and collaborators of the International Contemporary Ensemble in order to celebrate, share, and reflect on four operas that have had a major impact on the organization and collaborators. They include: George Lewis’ Afterword (2015), Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine Baker (2016), Pauline Oliveros and IONE’s The Nubian Word for Flowers: A Phantom Opera (2017), and a new work-in-development, Awakening (to be premiered in 2022), by Courtney Bryan with Charlotte Brathwaite, Sharan Strange, Cauleen Smith, and Helga Davis.
In order to cultivate awareness among presenters, producers, ensembles, and audiences, we will bring these works into conversation with one another and with leading scholars in the field. Renowned musicologist Dr. Naomi André is the lead scholar and conversation partner for this three-day series. Presenters and panelists include artists like Julia Bullock, IONE, George Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey, and many others.
Throughout this Forum, attendees, presenters, and panelists are guided by the following questions:
- What impact do these works have for opera today?
- What is the role of composer, librettist, and performer?
- How do these operas give us new ways to reimagine and expand what the genre is and meant to be?
Register to receive updates about the Forum. More details (including schedule of events) will be made available in the beginning of May.