Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version

PRESS:

From NYUAD The Arts Center:

The extraordinary American singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon’s new opera blends science fiction with African American spiritualism to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization.

Adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel by Octavia Butler, the extraordinary American singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon’s new opera blends science fiction with African-American spiritualism and deep insights on gender and race to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization. Written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer and founder of the vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Parable of the Sower is a work of rare power and beauty: at once philosophically profound and a wild entertainment.

“Fierce and uncompromising…a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and folk…to hear her is to believe.”
—The New Yorker

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Word*Rock* & Sword V

A Festival Celebration of Women’s Lives
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Toshi Reagon started the festival with the intention of, “responding creatively, showing our lives, our work, our activism and our talent. We struggle in a political climate that still tolerates and actively encourages systemic discrimination against women–from the workplace to the doctor’s office. We witness Congressional attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood; the harassment and murder of abortion providers; the denial of access to affordable health care; the constant vulnerability of women and girls to violence and sexual abuse; the daily struggle of women to hold families together in our ailing economy. We will come together to share our gifts and focus our intentions for the 21 Century.”

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The Temptation Of St. Anthony

Paris Opera Garnier
Nov/Dec 2005:

  • 12 SOLD OUT Shows
  • 1st Black Company to Perform
  • BIGLovely the 1st Rock Band to Rock The House

HISTORY:

The Temptation Of St Anthony is an opera created by Bernice Johnson Reagon (composer/librettist) and Robert Wilson (director/staging/lights). The Orchestra is Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Musical Director: Toshi Reagon, and the cast is 16 incredible singer actors including Carl Hancock Rux, Christalyn Wright and Helga Davis. This Opera is based on the text of Flaubert’s The Temptation Of St. Anthony.

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