January 23 - February 02, 2020
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM
$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]
Running Time: 65 minutes
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Conceived, Designed and Directed by Theodora Skipitares
Music by LaFrae Sci
The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker is a multi-disciplinary spectacle with a marching band, dancers, 12-foot puppets, shadow puppetry and moving projection screens. The band is an award-winning group, the Soul Tigers, young men and women who attend Benjamin Banneker High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Also featured are the Banneker Dancers.
This event celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806, who had a passion for the stars, taught himself mathematics and astronomy, and made important scientific discoveries. The play time-travels forward to the 1960's, and illuminates the life of Ed Dwight, the first black astronaut. Students from the high school contribute autobiographical material to the performance and will participate alongside professional performers.
Composer LaFrae Sci has received an Individual Artist's Commission from NYSCA for The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker.
Received support as part of The Jim Henson Foundation 2019 Presenter's Grant