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Intermedia Arts presents
Created by Sha Cage in collaboration with Jayanthi Kyle, Johanna Easley, Felicia Perry, Bill Cottman, Amoke Kubat, Beverly Cottman, and E.G. Bailey
#TESTIFY is an immersive, multi-sensory theater performance that instigates the line between fact and fiction, propaganda and politics, and race and class. It examines identity through the lens of
the absence of connection.
With music by New York-based cellist Nioka Workman, Twin Cities vocalist Jayanthi Kyle, projectionist Bill Cottman, and in collaboration with Felicia Perry, Johanna Easley and a moving chorus, E.G. Bailey directs this exciting new work in progress. Themes in this work include the politics of systemic racism, black and brown beauty, and historical cycles of trauma and healing.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sha Cage is a performer, writer and creator of new work. Her performance and work has taken her across the U.S, to South Africa, England, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mali, and Canada. She is a co-founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (for Women), a recipient of a Regional Emmy, an Ivey Award, a McKnight Fellowship, and a distinguished Fox/TCG Fellowship. She has been named one of the leading artists of her generation by Insight, a Changemaker by Women's Press, and best solo performer by City Pages for her role as the pilot in Frank Theater's Grounded (2015 Ivey). Star Tribune called her a 2014 Mover and Maker and Mpls St. Paul magazine named her and artistic partner E.G. Bailey 2015 Power Couple of the Year. Her solo show titled U/G/L/Y was presented by the Guthrie in September and tours in the U.S. and UK through 2016. Shá is an advocate for sex trafficking victims and the proud mother of two. Noted theater roles include: Prince Hal in Ten Thousand Thing's Henry IV, Mamie in Penumbra’s Ballad of Emmett Till, Francine/Lena in the Guthrie’s Clybourne Park, Lizzy in Park Square's Mary T & Lizzy K, Agnes in Mixed Blood's Agnes Under the Big Top and Josephine in Ruined, Venus in Frank Theater's Venus and Hester in F^cking A. She most recently played the Liar in Park Square's Liar in September/October and the King of France in the Guthrie's King Lear.
E.G. Bailey (Director) is a filmmaker, curator and an Ivey award-winning spoken word artist. He is the recipient of a regional Emmy, LIN travel grant, and the Hughes Diop Knight Poetry Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference. His work is featured in the Target Art Connects commercial, now archived at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). His Film New Neighbors was recently featured in the Walker Art Center's Cinema of Urgency and he was an editor for the film Petting Zoo, which debuted at the 65th International Berlin Film Festival. Bailey’s latest work is the curation of America Now!, a special film project during the 2016 Tampere Short Film Festival in Finland, the Rigga Latvia Film Festival and Uppsala Festival in Sweden as well as curating MN's first African Film Festival SANKOFA in September 2016. Bailey has assisted and directed plays for well-known production houses, such as: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House, and Children’s Theatre. Titles include: Othello, Amiri Baraka’s Wise Why’s, Juno and the Paycock, The Brother Size, and Sha Cage’s N-Word and U/G/L/Y. He is the co-founder of Tru Ruts Endeavors and the MN Spoken Word Association. Born in Saclapea Liberia he resides in US with his family.
Jayanthi Kyle (Vocalist) is a songstress dedicated to singing from the heart. She collects songs that speak to her struggle, empowerment and ability to be, change, and move forward while honoring the unremembered changers and movers of the past. She enjoys singing for people passing worlds being born or dying or passed. She refers to as arrivals and departures. She is in a number of bands and projects in the Twin Cities including Gospel Machine, The Give Get Sistet, Miss Pennie's Microphone, Bain, Romantica, Passed Presents, Black Audience, and Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies. She continues to work with The Million Artist Movement to dismantle white supremacy and support Black liberation. She also works with Mama Mosaic on a "Minnesota girls are not for sale" piece that has been performed for 8 years seeking freedom for women and girl sex slaves in Minnesota. People Power Change.
#TESTIFY is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
#TESTIFY is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
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