13-14 Season

Flying Erase Head

A performance by Invisible

Invisible is a collaboration between artists Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman. Invisible builds sound performances around experimental instruments, video and constrained composition techniques. Flying Erase Head features Elsewhere’s Roof, an original percussion device that uses leaky lab glass to create complex phasing rhythms. With Elsewhere’s Roof, multi-channel video and a brand new invention utilizing multiple tape decks, Invisible explores the limitations and intersections of familiar and unfamiliar, rational and irrational.

Learn more about Invisible at www.soundsinvisible.com.


Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00pm


Gerard Hall


En Mi Espejo, Veo Tu Cara

(In My Mirror, I See Your Face)
By Roxana Pérez-Méndez

Roxana Pérez-Méndez, a video performance and installation artist currently on faculty in UNC’s Department of Art, builds a multimedia presentation combining firsthand narrative and holographic video to create a guided tour of colonialism in the Americas through the eyes of a single Puerto Rican woman. Beginning the journey from 17th century Spain at Morehead Planetarium, and continuing through several stages to a final denouement at Swain Hall, the audience will gain first-hand perspective on the experience of immigration and the lasting effects of a colonial empire.

Learn more about the artist at www.roxanaperez-mendez.com.


Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:00pm


Begins at Morehead Planetarium


The Box

Written and performed by Carmelita Tropicana (a.k.a. Alina Troyano)

Carmelita Tropicana’s father was jailed as a teen for his revolutionary activities. He joined the rebel forces to free Cuba from Batista’s regime fighting alongside Castro but was forced to leave Cuba when he wrote a scathing report on a jail holding political prisoners. As a father he was in and out of Carmelita’s life for years at a time, and while she once wanted normalcy and yearned for a father who was a dentist, she is beginning to think that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This new piece by New York City-based performance artist Carmelita Tropicana explores complex racial and social issues through meta-biographical performance.

Learn more about the artist at www.carmelitatropicana.com. 


Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:00pm


Studio 6

Swain Hall

Support from Teatro Latina/o Series in collaboration with the UNC Program in Latina/o Studies and the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative.

Mission of a Saint

Written and directed by Colman Domingo

Theater artist Colman Domingo has excavated an “unseen moment” in August Wilson’s classic playFences in this insightful and compelling new script that explores the role and back-story of the character Gabriel. The Process Series showcase will present an early scene, set just outside the pearly gates after Gabriel is wounded during WWII, featuring Colman Domingo with local actor Alphonse J. Nicholson.

Learn more about the artist at www.colmandomingo.com.


Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00pm


Studio 6

Swain Hall


Ice Music

Composed by Lowell Liebermann
Choreographed by Carey McKinley
Videography by Brooks de Wetter-Smith

Ice Music is a multimedia work for chamber music ensemble, video, and dance. It creatively explores various aspects of ice — its structure, power, fragility, and interaction with animal life and human presence.

Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr.


Performances cancelled due to inclement weather.


Mandela Auditorium

FedEx Global Education Center

Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal. www.lowellliebermann.com


Carey McKinley, MFA, is a dance artist based in Boston, MA. As an avid collaborator and connector, her artwork and productions meld dance, visual art, theatre and experience. www.careyworks.com

Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flutist, photographer, videographer, and video editor, is active internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass teacher. In addition to his music accomplishments, he is a published photographer whose photographic and videographic exploits have taken him around the world. www.associated-arts.com

Gathering Honey: Stories of Black Southern Women Who Love Women

Written and directed by E. Patrick Johnson

Featuring Kyra Jones, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Yolanda Rabun*, Stacey Karen Robinson*, Sibby Anderson Thompkins

Gathering Honey is a companion piece to Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, recently performed in Durham, that explores the unique and complex stories of black Southern women who identify as “lesbian,” “queer,” or “same-gender-loving.” These oral histories were collected


Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00pm


The Sonya Hanes Stone Center

through extensive interviews and are chronicled in Johnson’s forthcoming book, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women to be published by UNC Press. Adapted and directed by Johnson, Gathering Honey features professional and local actresses performing the stories of love, loss, trauma, and joy as told by Southern black women ages 18 to 75.

Presented with support from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, Northwestern University; the UNC Center for the Study of the American South; the Southern Oral History Program; and the UNC Department of Communication Studies.

* Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

About the Playwright:

E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. He recently performed Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South in Durham, NC. His one-man show, Strange Fruit—A Performance About Identity Politics, toured around the country from 1999–2004 to critical acclaim and he has toured his staged reading, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales, to over 100 college campuses around the country. He is the author of two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008). Johnson also recorded the audio version of Sweet Tea in 2012. He is currently at work on the companion text to Sweet Tea, tentatively titled Honeypot: Black Lesbians of the South—An Oral History. In 2010, Johnson was awarded the Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for his performance in Sweet Tea and was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

The New Generation Project: Contemporizing the African American Art Song and Arranged Negro Spiritual

By Louise Toppin and Marquita Lister

In an effort to preserve America’s arranged Negro spiritual and introduce unknown African American poets through art songs, internationally known sopranos Louise Toppin and Marquita Lister are pioneering The New Generation Project. Through the project, they are commissioning new work from dozens of composers and poets to create a new songbook that confirms the contemporary relevancy of the art song and spiritual traditions. The Process Series showcase will provide listeners with an opportunity to experience the breadth of musical and textural expression of the composers while providing feedback on the creation of select songs.

A New Work by the

Sacrificial Poets

Featuring Will McInerny, Kane Smego, and CJ Suitt

Drawing on their experiences as former students and current teaching artists in schools across the state, the Sacrificial Poets fuse storytelling, spoken word poetry, and vignettes in this dynamic show to explore issues affecting the youth they serve including the ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’, Eurocentric curricula, and other pitfalls of modern education.


Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00pm


Studio 6

Swain Hall