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MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH -Scourge, April 26, 8PM

March 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH
SCOURGE
Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 22, 2006—Acclaimed poet, Broadway veteran, and multi-faceted artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs Scourge—a reimagining of his native Haiti. More than a simply a political treatise, Scourge examines the history of the people of Haiti and their rich traditions and cultural and societal influences. Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. with a pre-performance discussion beginning at 7:15 on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Co-commissioned by George Mason University, the National Performance Network, Dance Place, and the Bates Dance Festival, Scourge reflects on the plight of Haiti in the post-colonial New World, and was developed during the artist’s tenure as a Phillis Wattis Artist-in-Residence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Collaborators for Scourge include renowned choreographer Rennie Harris, Grammy-nominated composer John Santos, dramaturg Roberta Uno, and director Kamilah Forbes of the New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is originally from New York City and currently living in Oakland, California. An acclaimed arts activist, Bamuthi entered the world of literary performance after working in traditional theater, most notably on Broadway in the Tony Award winning The Tap Dance Kid. His evening-length work Word Becomes Flesh has found a home in the seasons of Seattle’s On The Boards, Houston’s Diverse Works, Washington, DC’s Dance Place, and New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, among other national venues. His work has been characterized as everything from “electrifying” (The Houston Chronicle), to “ever-elegant” (The Washington Post), and compelled the Seattle Times to name him their “cutting edge performer of the year” for 2003. The New York Times declared Word Becomes Flesh “eloquent…seamless. . .” and “remarkable.”

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Tickets for MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH are $30, $22 and $15. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater