Vessels is a seven-woman harmonic meditation on the transcendental possibilities of song during the Middle Passage. This ritual performance will use the mechanics of Black Diasporic song to ignite the musicality present in bound bodies on a move toward freedom. Conceived by Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin, Vessels is a healing ritual that looks deeply at the wounds of the Middle Passage and at the creative and communal ways our ancestors endured. It will premier in 2018 in New Orleans and tour up the eastern seaboard and beyond through 2020.

Beneath the umbrella of Vessels, we will produce The Freedom Chamber. This is a cultural organizing project through which we will collaborate with organizations in New Orleans organizing against mass incarceration to develop community-created sound sculptures that reflect the experiences of currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families, and communities.

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