The Guthrie Theater hosted the 2017 New Griots Festival at its Dowling Stage for 10 days of inspiring performances and free community workshops. The festival, a presentation by emerging black artists in the Twin Cities, is the brain child of Jamil Jude and Josh Wilder. I photographed some of the workshops and rehearsals. It was deeply satisfying to watch the audience sizes growing as word got around that this was the place to be to see amazing talent with both breadth and depth.
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A Fiddler’s Tale
All photos Copyright 2014 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved
Music by Wynton Marsalis, Libretto by Stanley Crouch
Performed by Minneapolis Music Company, Mischa Santora conducting, Raye Birk narrating, and Live Action Set: Noah Bremer (artistic director), Stepahie Fellner, and Anton LaMon; Performed at the Bedlam Theater, St. Paul, Oct. 30, 2014
A fiddler, Beatrice Connors, sells her music (her soul) to the devil, Bubba Z. Beals, a record company executive, in exchange for a successful music career.
Her name is Beatrice Connors
Stephanie Fellner as the violinist.
Musette, Mistress of Mischief and Smokey Robinson
I photographed these talented performers from the Flying Poodles Big Sexy Circus at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul, MN. on April 25, 2013.
The show was very funny and the audience had a great time.
And the skill level of the performers – in aerials, acrobatics, hooping, and dancing – was impressive.
Check out their great costumes!