True to his approach of expanding his creative expression beyond the confines of a single art form, the stellar cellist takes on multiple roles in this evocative, genre-bending performance.
Heightened by film, spoken texts, dance and visual art by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoë McLean and Freida Abtan, Difficult Grace draws its inspiration from the Great Migration, archival research, immigration and the poetry of Amiri Baraka and Dudley Randall. The performance features music written for and with Seth by Freida Abtan, Monty Adkins, Fredrick Gifford, Nathalie Joachim and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.
Following the world premiere of the multimedia performance in February 2020, Woods adds another episode with dancer Roderick George, with new musical commissions from composers Ted Hearne and Devonté Hynes a.k.a Blood Orange. The new iteration of Difficult Grace premieres in fall 2022.
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