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  • The Chocolate Factory Theater
  • 3833 24th Street, Queens, NY, 11101 US

Saturday, October 1st, at 8pm ET, Dion TYGAPAW McKenzie presents their second work in progress presentation of Devil Woman (Obeah Woman), an opera in three parts—and their second commissioned project as a 2022 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence. Using Techno as their main genre of focus, the work urges us to renegotiate and expand our understanding of the genre. The opera forms a sonic narrative that draws from Jamaica's rich musical heritage-referencing national, patriotic, and traditional songs, and centers the unsung national hero Queen Nanny of the Maroons as it aims to recontextualize her historical narrative. 

McKenzie repurposes and deconstructs these sounds deeply rooted in the island's colonial history as an effort to simultaneously decolonize operatic form and expand the potentiality of Techno's own colonized histories. The result exemplifies a profound sense of self-determination that asserts a new identity free from the constraints of external control.

This performance is co-presented with The Chocolate Factory Theater, and takes place at their theater in Queens, New York. The presentation features accompanying visuals by Alima Lee.

All RSVPs from ISSUE’s July, 2022 postponed program will be honored.



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