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American Realness: Ni’Ja Whitson presents "A Meditation on Tongues"

American Realness: Ni’Ja Whitson presents "A Meditation on Tongues"


Ni’Ja Whitson


Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY


Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 8:30pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 4:00pm



Ni’Ja Whitson

Ni’Ja Whitson

A Meditation on Tongues WORLD PREMIERE

Saturday, January 7, 5:30pm Sunday, January 8, 8:30pm Monday, January 9, 4:00pm

Run Time: 70 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater

466 Grand Street / Tickets $20 / AbronsArtsCenter.org


A Meditation on Tongues is a live interdisciplinary adaptation of Marlon T. Riggs’ iconic film Tongues Untied (1989). Both abstract performance ritual and live historic document, this layered work (re)images Black and Queer masculinities. It struts and snaps as it frames new questions about loss at the height of the AIDS pandemic, while challenging constructions of Black love of/as revolution.

A Meditation on Tongues was made possible, in part, through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Movement Research Artist- in-Residence programs with additional support from The Jerome Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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