Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Marc Bamuthi Joseph's /peh-LO-tah/ photo by Bethanie Hines Photography

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


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  • $26-$31 |  NC State students $6.50

Post-show Talk

To hear more about this ambitious work, stay for a post-show talk with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the company immediately following the performance.

About the Performance

“Marc Bamuthi Joseph belongs to a rare breed of artists who can kindle political and cultural awareness while delivering a highly entertaining performance.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

A favorite on NC State LIVE’s stage and across the globe, writer/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph has garnered countless awards and critical acclaim for his passionate productions that seamlessly weave spoken word, contemporary movement and hip-hop (most recently he was selected as a prestigious TEDGlobal 2017 Fellow and Dance Magazine named him one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today.”). Joseph is at it again. With /peh-LO-tah/, he pairs soccer with performance to create a powerful effect. Camaraderie, pride and tradition across cultures are all in play.

Inspired by memories of playing soccer growing up, Joseph draws on his experiences as a child of Haitian immigrants. The multimedia work, developed with and directed by Michael John Garcés and choreographed by Stacey Printz, chronicles Joseph’s travels to World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. Choreography inspired by soccer technique complements the musical narratives performed live in English and Portuguese. Performers are accompanied by original music composed by Tommy Shepherd with selected vocal arrangements by Yaw Agyeman of the Black Monks of Mississippi, altogether creating an action-packed meditation on freedom and citizenship with “the beautiful game” at its core.

Beyond the Stage

Marc Bamuthi Joseph will be in residence with NC State LIVE for a week in March 2018. During this time, we’ll partner with Futbol 4 All, Wake Futbol Club, and Neighbor to Neighbor to offer a day of soccer clinics and site-specific performances. And Joseph will offer workshops and talks to the NC State community. Keep updated on events through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @NCStateLIVE

This project is made possible by grants from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council.


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