Theater, Dance

The Clothesline Muse

When: Sat., March 4, 8 p.m. 2017

First conceived as a dance by Dr. Kariamu Welsh, The Clothesline Muse is a multidisciplinary theatrical performance that evolved as a collaboration between Welsh, singer Nnenna Freelon and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante. The story centers on Mary Mack, a young feminist screenwriter who returns to her grandmother’s home to fulfill a promise to care for her belongings after her death. Mary’s Grandma Blu was a washerwoman who possessed a treasure trove of “clothesline stories,” and once Mary begins to sort through her possessions, those stories reassert themselves, demanding that Mary “holds up her end of the line.” Freelon’s composition, Welsh’s choreography, and Asante’s tissue paper art are woven together on stage into a vibrant celebration of traditional women’s work and the importance of connections formed across generations.

Price: $35