The Exciting Event...
Same As Sister's The Exciting Event…, a collaboration with performers Kristina Hay and Rahmus Rifical, musician/sound designer Lamy Istrefi Jr. and dramaturge Susan Mar Landau, explores the entwined identities and histories of slave and slaveholder as a site for compulsive reenactment. Inspired by slave narratives, fairytales, and the dual traditions of "Cakewalk" and minstrel performance, The Exciting Event… presents a fragmented narrative of race, gender and power. Drawing on multiple movement vocabularies, including Dancehall and Postmodern dance, the piece plays at the edge of the fictive and historical past and present, telling a tale that is both inconclusive and inevitable.
Choreographed and Performed by: Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown in collaboration with Hannah Caggiano (creation only), Kristina Hay and Rahmus Rifical
Music and Sound Design by: Lamy Istrefi Jr. in collaboration with Hilary Brown featuring samples from "Batty McFaddin" by Kevin MacLeod and "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" by Busta Rhymes
Video by: Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown
Costumes and Props by: Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown
Dramaturgy by: Susan Mar Landau
The creation of The Exciting Event... was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2017-18 Commissioning Initiative with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and premiered at Danspace Project (2018), as part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018), curated by Reggie Wilson.