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WaterWorks Established Artist Commission: Tamar-kali

Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4
Harlem Stage, New York

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Composer, vocalist, and performing and recording artist Tamar-kali presents performance excerpts from The Swann — an opera she is developing featuring a libretto by Harlem Stage Associate Artistic Director and Curator-in-Residence, Carl Hancock Rux, about the life and times of William Dorsey Swann, the first known person to identify as a “queen of drag.” A formerly enslaved denizen of our nation’s capital, Swann was the first American on record to pursue legal and political action to defend the LGBTQ community’s right to gather. Set during his detention and conviction in 1896 for “keeping a disorderly house,” a criminal charge often levied against those who ran brothels, the opera explores the interior of Swann’s mind as inquest, analysis, and detainment begin to take their toll.

The program concludes with a discussion featuring Tamar-kali and her collaborators, including Rux and stage director James Blaszko.


Music West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill


Schedule & Tickets

Friday, May 3, 2024 @ 7:30pm · tickets local_activity · add to calendar today 2024-05-03 19:30:00 2024-05-03 22:30:00 America/New_York WaterWorks Established Artist Commission: Tamar-kali https://harlemonestop.com/event/32482/waterworks-established-artist-commission-tamar-kali Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street (Across from Aaron Davis Hall), New York, NY, 10031
Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 7:30pm · tickets local_activity · add to calendar today 2024-05-04 19:30:00 2024-05-04 22:30:00 America/New_York WaterWorks Established Artist Commission: Tamar-kali https://harlemonestop.com/event/32482/waterworks-established-artist-commission-tamar-kali Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street (Across from Aaron Davis Hall), New York, NY, 10031
$40

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