In 2020 and beyond, The Kandake has offered entirely free and virtual services such as dance classes, an artist and community support groups, micro grants, anti-racist resources, protest safety tips, fundraiser performances, community and movement-building donations, and more. Subscribe to our newsletter for information about upcoming offerings, including virtual staged readings of Jaguar Woman and 1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row (A Rock Opera.)
1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row (A Rock Opera)
Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but an immigrant woman condemned to death by the American criminal justice system. 1001 Nights... is a multicultural feast for the senses accentuated by original Hip Hop, Rock, and World Music. The show explores abuse in Eastern and Western cultures and takes a critical look at the prison-industrial complex. (In review for commission Off-Broadway for the 2nd time.)
Trickster-storyteller, Enitan, guides you through an immersive neo-folktale that observes what happens when corporate greed threatens a small Afro-Indigenous community. Though focused in Brazil, Jaguar Woman is commentary on all "Western" culture—including that of the United States—a poignant reminder that the real-world threat of fascism looms even as the borders of reality fade. (In review for commission Off-Broadway.)
The Art of War and Hip Hop
The Art of War and Hip Hop draws heavily from world folklore, especially Chinese mythology, and pays homage to the unique intersections that can be found between imported martial arts movies from the '70s and '80s, Eastern pop culture, and American Hip Hop culture. Experience exciting approaches to post-covid theater as well as pressing social issues such as xenophobia, colorism, anti-Blackness, imperialism, tradition, and more among different communities of color and beyond.
Thanks to Covid-19, theaters are dark across the US so we're converting full or partial scripts into graphic novels for you to enjoy until you can be back in the audience.
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Art in the Time of Covid-19
In this exclusive Broadway World interview series, Olga explores the many ways in which artists have continued to create and inspire in 2020 and beyond. Share in these stories of challenge and triumph here.