About the project

cane2013April 2013 world premiere, Duke University, Sheafer Theater. tickets.duke.edu

Inspired by Jean Toomer‘s experimental 1923 text of the Harlem Renaissance, CANE explores memories of African American sharecropping held by a technologically-devised canefield. Created by technologists, dancers, and visual artists, CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment.

This website’s header photo is from the March 2009 workshop performance at Kresge Little Theater, MIT. Conceived by Thomas F. DeFrantz, performed by DeFrantz and Regina Rocke, Visual Design by Eto Otitigbe, Lighting and Programming by Edwina Portocarrero, Music by Tara Rodgers, Additional Programming and Sound Discoveries by Jung-Eun Kim and Peter Whincop.


APRIL 2013 Production Conceived and Directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Choreographed by Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, Performed by Tanya Wideman, Thaddeus Davis, Kalin Morrow, Amber Mayberry. Visual Design and Programming by Eto Otitigbe, Music by Tara Rodgers, Sound Programming by Jamie Keesecker, Additional Programming and Sound Discoveries by Jung-Eun Kim and Peter Whincop. Lighting by Jesse Belsky, Costumes by Marissa Erickson. Production Dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, Production Management Shireen Dickson.

premiere april 20 2013|sheafer lab theater, DUKE University|Bryan University Center 125 Science Drive Durham, NC 27708

saturday april 20 8pm; sunday april 21 2pm; wednesday april 24 8pm; thursday april 25 8pm; friday april 26 8pm; saturday april 27 2pm and 8pm; sunday april 28 2pm


Blog site created and curated by production danceaturg, Jules Odendahl-James, Resident Dramaturg in Duke’s Department of Theater Studies.



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