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About The Performance
The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle that creates new, relevant classical and contemporary ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. Performed by Courtney Celeste Spears (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), A Mother’s Rite is a socially charged solo set to Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring, exploring one mother’s journey through stages of grief after being thrust into the spotlight by way of her son’s murder by police. Choreographed by Jeremy McQueen and developed in collaboration with librettist Angelica Chéri, the Emmy-nominated film adaptation of A Mother’s Right features cinematography by Colton Williams and artwork by Sophia Dawson.
Image: Courtney Celeste Spears / photo by Matthew Murphy