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“It’s true, we really are hosting a dance performance at the Atlanta Cyclorama,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta, we want to expand the conversation about the war and what it means to us today. We’re presenting a special evening of music and dance on Tuesday, July 22 featuring incredibly talented performers: dancer Germaine Ingram, violinist Diane Monroe and bassist Jacqueline Pickett. Come experience a fabulous evening of thought-provoking entertainment.”
Black Dispatches: Freedom Under Foot will be presented on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm, featuring Germaine Ingram, with co-creator Diane Monroe, and Jacqueline Pickett. Ticket prices: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8. Reserve your tickets here:
The Civil War was a radical game-changer. It redefined the concept of war, the meanings of freedom and citizenship, the scope of national identity and collective memory, our ideas and rituals of death, the future of race relations, and the lives and roles of women. While men ruled the battle field and political enclaves, Southern women – both black and white – struggled to find their way in an altered social hierarchy and economic reality.
Through original music, dance and spoken word, contemporary jazz tap dancer and folklorist Germaine Ingram, violinist Diane Monroe, and bassist Jacqueline Pickett will explore the impact of war on enslaved and white women at this crucial point in the conflict. Their performance will pose questions about how Atlanta’s women of 1864 responded to the expectations, demands, and sacrifices of the war; what impact the war had on their sense of protection, dependence and power; how their attitudes toward racial and social inequality were transformed; and how they envisioned their future in a new social, economic, and political landscape. Integral to the evening will be how audience members’ ideas and opinions about these questions are illuminated by live performance, how they shape our memory of the past and understanding of the present.
Germaine Ingram is a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, composer and vocal improviser. Her work is a constantly evolving interpretation of styles learned from legendary Philadelphia hoofer LaVaughn Robinson (1927-2008), her teacher, mentor, and performance partner for more than 25 years. In addition to her work with Robinson, she has created choreography for national tap companies, performed as a solo artist, and collaborated and performed with noted jazz composers and instrumentalists including Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Dave Burrell and Bobby Zankel.
Through choreography, music composition, performance, writing, production, and oral history documentation Ingram explores themes related to history, collective memory, and social justice. Since 2008 she has engaged in an ongoing reflection, through original music and dance, on the practice of slavery at the President’s House—-the nation’s first white house—-during the tenure of President George Washington. In 2012 and 2013 she was commissioned by the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts to create a production inspired by the establishment of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in the late 18th Century. She has created choreography for jazz-related musical theater, and has been consulted by public history sites to bring music and dance performance to their interpretation of narratives and objects related to slavery.
Ingram was named a 2010 Pew Foundation Fellow in the Arts. She has received numerous awards including Artist of the City Award from the Painted Bride Art Center; a Rocky Award (2011) from DanceUSA Philadelphia; and the Channavy Lenora Koung Award for Folk Arts & Cultural Heritage Practice (2012) from the Philadelphia Folklore Project.
A former civil rights and trial lawyer, law professor, and school district executive officer, Ingram serves on several boards of non-profit organizations dedicated to education reform, supporting arts and culture, and arts education.
Diane Monroe, violinist-jazz improviser and composer, hails from Philadelphia. She has performed with world renowned musicians from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to drummer Max Roach. Her solo performances have been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center’s 2012 Mary Lou Williams “Women in Jazz” Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Apollo Theater, and Switzerland’s Tonhalle, to name a few. She is seen performing in the movie Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep.
Monroe’s visibility in the jazz world began with her long tenure as first violinist with the Max Roach Double Quartet and the Uptown String Quartet. Her performances, compositions, and arrangements with these ensembles have been highlighted on The Cosby Show and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
Later, Monroe joined the String Trio of New York. Her work with this group was proclaimed by Jim Ferguson of Jazz Times to have displayed, “stunning musicianship…” She has performed with renowned jazz artists Cecil Bridgewater, Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Dave Grusin, Steve Wilson, Uri Caine, Regina Carter, Mark O’Connor, Monette Sudler, and Wycliffe Gordon.
Presently, Monroe performs with her jazz quartet/quintet and duo with vibraphonist Tony Micel.
Jacqueline Pickett is an Artist Affiliate in Double Bass. She is currently Principal Bass with the Columbus, Georgia Symphony. Prior to her position with the CSO, Dr. Pickett was a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Dr. Pickett has performed and recorded with the Ritz Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nashville), Pauline Oliveros’ New Circle Five, and Terry Riley’s Khayal. She has given solo double bass recitals in Johannesburg, South Africa and universities throughout the United States. She continues to present solo double bass recitals on current social issues.
Dr. Pickett is founder and President of Torch Academy, www.torchacademy.org a 501(c)3 organization that provides formal music instruction and life skills for underserved and at-risk youth.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921. The building contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information and to plan your visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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