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A community ritual, a participatory action, an opera. 
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Stanford Live and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College have commissioned this new collaboration by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Vievee Francis, and visual artist Enrico Riley, directed by Niegel Smith. A reflection on the murder of Eric Garner and the legacy of police brutality, The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist is rooted in seven poetic movements and scored for soprano (Neema Bickersteth), tenor saxophone (Greg Ward), and chamber ensemble, and features dance, immersive projections, and a local chorus. An opera, a participatory action, and a community ritual, this bold activist opera invites audiences to rise up against the theft of Black breath, to meditate on our shared humanity, and to join in the agency of shared resistance.

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Generously supported by the Stanford Live Commissions and Programming Fund.

Commissioned, developed, and produced by The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth and co-commissioned by Stanford Live.

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Why we chose this

Supporting the development of new work through commissioning allows us to develop deeper relationships with artists. We've been in process with the Ritual of Breath team for several years now to bring this powerful work to the stage. Sometimes the commissioning process is about starting new relationships as with Portland, Oregon– based Okaidja Afroso, who shines a light on vanishing fisher culture in his native Ghana. With Meklit Hadero's gift for collaboration and storytelling, her work on migration stories finds a natural home at Stanford Live. When artists are given the freedom and resources to develop work, the community benefits from the stories and expressions they reveal.

—Laura Evans, Director of Music Programs, Engagement, and Education

 

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