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Murielle Elizéon & Shana Tucker

in When We were Queens...

Murielle Elizéon & Shana Tucker
in When We were Queens…

North Carolina Museum of Art, East Building
$35 | $10 NC State Students
All performances at 6:30pm

Tickets for Feb 8, 9, 15, and 16 are SOLD OUT. We have added a show on February 11th. Have questions about ticketing for this event? Contact the NCMA team at

Culture Mill is a well‐established force in the Triangle’s artistic life.

– INDY Week

About the Event

Renowned Durham-based cellist Shana Tucker and Saxapahaw-based French choreographer Murielle Elizéon (co-director of Culture Mill) were in residence with NC State LIVE for the 2020-21 season. During that time a new work began to emerge. We’ve commissioned the two to create When We were Queens…, which has had development support with multiple international residencies and a work-in-process showing at VAE Raleigh in spring 2023.

The result is a powerful multidisciplinary performance presented as a diptych, two solos in conversation. The work considers the body as a repository of complex histories and illuminates both shared and individual experiences embedded in the bodies of women of color from the African diaspora. Together, Elizéon and Tucker explore a shared ancestry of diasporic violence, reclaiming their power.

We’ve teamed up with the North Carolina Museum of Art to present the world premiere of When We were Queens…. This immersive experience will include visceral performances in the museum’s stunning galleries as well as a conversation with the performers.

photo collage of choreographer Murielle Elizéon & cellist Shana Tucker


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.

It Takes a Village

NC State LIVE is supported in part by grants from the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

When We were Queens… is a Culture Mill production, commissioned by NC State LIVE and co-produced by The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro. Culture Mill is a 2022 NDP Finalist Grant Award recipient. Support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address continued sustainability needs during COVID-19 and in support of When We were Queens…