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black nativity
November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 1, 2018 - 2:00pm, December 1, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 2, 2018 - 3:00pm, December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 7, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm, December 8, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm, December 20, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

Please Note: Added performances on Thursday, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 8 pm.

Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor.  This one act musical opens in a modern day African-American church on Christmas day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies, and down-home preaching.  Under the musical direction of Keith Wilson, the show takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph, resplendent in African costumes, and moving songs of worship, magnificent dance choreographed by Dawn Axam, and old-fashioned spirituals. The African-American viewpoint and the gospel music make Black Nativity a truly unique and entertaining theatrical experience.

 

black nativity
November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 1, 2018 - 2:00pm, December 1, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 2, 2018 - 3:00pm, December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 7, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm, December 8, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm, December 20, 2018 - 8:00pm, December 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

Please Note: Added performances on Thursday, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 8 pm.

Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor.  This one act musical opens in a modern day African-American church on Christmas day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies, and down-home preaching.  Under the musical direction of Keith Wilson, the show takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph, resplendent in African costumes, and moving songs of worship, magnificent dance choreographed by Dawn Axam, and old-fashioned spirituals. The African-American viewpoint and the gospel music make Black Nativity a truly unique and entertaining theatrical experience.

 

Manual Cinema
January 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

Told through original 70’s R&B-inspired art pop songs and set in a post-industrial Rust Belt city, The End of TV explores the quest to find meaning amidst a constant barrage of commercial images. Two sides of the American Dream - its technicolor promise as delivered through TV ads, and its failure, witnessed in the dark reality of industrial decline - are staged in cinematic shadow puppetry and lo-fi live video feeds with flat paper renderings of commercial products. The show is driven by a sweeping chamber art pop song cycle performed live by a five-piece band.

True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.

The End of TV depicts the stories of Flo and Louise, both residents of a fictional Midwestern city in the 1990s. Flo is an elderly white woman who was once a supervisor at the thriving local auto plant. Now succumbing to dementia, the memories of her life are tangled with television commercials and the “call now” demands of QVC. Louise, a young black woman laid off from her job when the same local auto plant closes, meets Flo when she takes a job as a Meals-on-Wheels driver. An unlikely relationship grows as Flo approaches the end of her life and Louise prepares for the invention of a new one.

The End of TV premiered in June 2017 as a commission by The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT.

This performance is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

komanse
January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm, January 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

Skid is a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a provocative look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Using an innovative set design and featuring 3D printed costuming, this production brings together dance and technological innovation to embody the human connection between art and social justice.

komanse
January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm, January 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

Skid is a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a provocative look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Using an innovative set design and featuring 3D printed costuming, this production brings together dance and technological innovation to embody the human connection between art and social justice.

Journey Live
February 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

The video game Journey, described by critics as “the most beautiful game of its time,” takes center stage as Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score. Fifth House Ensemble performs the game's soundtrack as audience members play the game on stage. The calming, beautiful and emotional video game comes to life in an immersive, interactive environment.

Mark Nizer
February 16, 2019 - 8:00pm

World champion juggler, award-winning comedian and inventor Mark Nizer brings his live 3D show to the stage; juggling laser beams, glowing red balls, and just about any new invention he can imagine. Nizer is constantly incorporating new technology into his hilarious performances.

Callas
February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

An Atlanta premiere, Callas in Concert brings the beloved opera star Maria Callas (1923–1977), considered by many as the best opera singer of all time, back to the stage as a hologram, accompanied by the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. State of the art digital and laser projection creates a full concert experience featuring original recordings that are digitally remastered.

Maya Kodes
March 29, 2019 - 8:00pm

Maya Kodes is a singer who released a dance pop song on iTunes, recorded an EP, performed over 30 concerts and amassed over 5,500 Facebook followers … all as a hologram! The world’s first interactive real-time virtual pop star, Kodes is the creation of Neweb Labs in Montreal. Local dancers will join Maya onstage for this performance.