/peh-LO-tah/BAM Next Wave Festival
An electric meditation on the racial politics of soccer from theater artist, spoken-word poet, and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
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This show closed on October 21, 2017
Soccer—as both an intricate, euphoric choreography and an exploited corporate cash cow—is the subject of this electric meditation on the racial dimensions of the sport from multi-talented theater artist and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph (red, black & GREEN: a blues, 2012 Next Wave). Using spoken-word poetry and fútbol-inspired footwork, Joseph and four performers dribble and pass their way from the pickup games of rural Haiti to the mega stadiums of Rio and Johannesburg, parsing the social justice of soccer to the sounds of hip-hop and samba. Against his own childhood memories of the game as a race-transcending source of happiness, Joseph posits a global reality in which black joy is all too often co-opted for financial gain, yet perseveres nonetheless.
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