Grace Notes: Reflections for Now—originally conceived as a response to President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Emanuel AME Church victim Reverend Clementa Pinckney—brings together a cast of extraordinary artists from different disciplines, among them composer/musician Craig Harris, composer James Newton, poet Aja Monet, writer and theatre artist Carl Hancock Rux, dancer Francesca Harper, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Eisa Davis. Weems shapes an immersive experience from these elements, with herself at the center and her arresting video and photography as a framework. In a performance that is indelibly linked to this time of civic unrest, its escalating violence, and the bizarre political rise of Trump, Weems asks and explores complicated questions about the meaning of grace and its role in the pursuit of democracy.
Running time is 1 hour and 20 minutes. There is no intermission.