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A panoramic new outdoor dance theater performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South.
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OXBLOOD

From the creators of 2013’s Runnin’ Down the Mountain comes Oxblood, a panoramic new outdoor performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South.

Since January 2014, NEW NOISE has been hard at work in the studio—and on the land—collaborating with choreographer Angelle Hebert (co-director of tEEth) and composer Brendan Connelly (co-director of Two-Headed Calf). Together we've been crafting an innovative, hybrid performance that transforms the physical language of field work into deeply human, at times grotesque, dance and extrudes the keening melodies of white southern gospel into a complex, layered chorus.

Rounded out by a script from NEW NOISE members Bear Hebert and Phil Cramer and direction by Joanna Russo, Oxblood tells the story of estranged sisters Rose and Laurel, who return to rural Georgia after their centuries-old family home has burned to the ground.

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In addition to the collaborators already mentioned, Oxblood features three dancers/actors, three singers, three designers and many craftspeople who have worked tirelessly to bring Rose and Laurel's crumbling world to life. Mounting a production of this scale and intricacy requires a multi-year engaged planning process. NEW NOISE has been seeking grant support for Oxblood for the last year and a half, and we've been fortunate to receive funding from Alternate ROOTS, The Arts Council of New Orleans, and Network of Ensemble Theaters.

We need your help to complete this process: Help us to build Rose and Laurel's scorched farmhouse. To sew their original costumes. To boost our sound setup for outdoor performance. And to prepare an open field in New Orleans City Park for both barefoot dancers and eager spectators. Join us today and help us present Oxblood fully-realized to audiences in October 2014!

A UNIQUE COLLABORATION

In addition to the artistic partnerships, at the core of Oxblood is a community collaboration with Grow Dat Youth Farm—a program that teaches teens to “transform their communities, their environment, and themselves by engaging in the meaningful work of growing healthy food.” Grow Dat has partnered with NEW NOISE to bridge the themes of Oxblood from their rural setting into the urban environment of New Orleans, and to host the performance on land adjoining their farm in City Park. Throughout the summer, NEW NOISE has volunteered at Grow Dat, working alongside the youth and learning from them about the farm. Each Saturday following performances of Oxblood, audiences will gather around long tables for a meal prepared from food grown on site at Grow Dat.

THANK YOU

NEW NOISE's work could not exist without the support of our community—our families, friends, and adventurous audiences. Any amount that you can give helps. Thank you so much for your continuing support of innovative live performance!!

Risks and challenges

NEW NOISE is working tirelessly towards our October premiere! Even after this project is funded, there will be more to build, to craft, and to rehearse. We're fortunate to have an amazing and experienced team of performers, designers and creators to help bring Oxblood to fruition.

After we premier Oxblood in New Orleans, we will bring the performance on tour to locations throughout the region and beyond. We're looking forward to creating a truly unique live experience, and to digging deep with audiences into the knotted, multivalent history of land and labor in the South.

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