Friday, August 2, 8pm
Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street, Hudson
Conceived and performed by Shanekia McIntosh
Original Sound Design by Chris Garneau
Visuals by Rebecca Borrer
Expanding on the narrative themes of Moby Dick and the start of modern environmentalism, Call Me Ishmael is a collaborative performance piece utilizing poetry, video and sound. This one-woman performance uncovers a historical through line connecting the brutality of the whaling industry, the black migration experience, and the birth of the Save the Whales movement, giving voice to the stories from the frontline of modern-day environmental conditions – those of exploitation, disenfranchisement and convenience.
Nkoula Badila is a multi-talented artist/musician born into traditional Congolese dancing and drumming. She is also part of a traveling band “Ladymoon and the Eclipse”
Davon Rainey is a southern girl from Tennessee that has trained at prestigious art schools and has worked for many choreographers and directors during her career. Davon is now focused on performing her own improvisational based solo work to tell stories incorporating drag, music, storytelling and humor. She is a participating artist in the upcoming “Hudson Eye” premiering her new performance at Basilica Hudson Friday August 30th
This August marks the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth in New York, one of America’s greatest writers and author of Moby Dick, a literary masterpiece penned in nearby Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Hudson Hall honors Melville’s legacy and Hudson’s fascinating history as a whaling town with a season of theater, talks, spoken word, and music. To see the other events in this series, click here.
Hudson Hall programs are supported, in part, by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.