Utah Film Center - Community Spotlight Screenings


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This event is in conjunction with Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem. The UMFA is proud to present Charles O. Anderson's critically acclaimed dance theater project (Re)current Unrest—a meditation on the American Dream and Black nihilism. Special thanks to our program partners at The University of Utah School of Dance, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Salt Lake City Public Library. Support is also provided by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and National Performance Network (NPN).

(Re)current Unrest is an evening-length immersive performance installation ‘ritual’ built on the sonic foundation of Steve Reich’s three earliest works: It’s Gonna Rain (parts 1 and 2), Come Out, and Pendulum. This work, created over a two-year development period, utilizes movement, media, and powerful imagery to meditate on the “American Dream” and Black nihilism, born of the current racially charged moment.

An investigation of legacy, authorship, and the history of Black art and protest through the lens of the erasure of the Africanist presence in Reich’s compositions, (Re)current Unrest explores the kinesthetic state of unrest—the condition of unease, discontent, and social disturbance. This physical state of agitation represents “staying woke.” To stay woke refers to an intangible level of awareness about community issues and social justice. 

Join us for a community reflection and response with Charles O. Anderson and Alexandra Barbier immediately following the film screening. This film screening is also part of a two-part ACME Session taking place over two days beginning with the film screening and reflection, followed by a post-film community workshop on Saturday, March 27. For more details, please visit umfa.utah.edu/events to learn more.

*Contains mature content, themes, language and imagery that some might find disturbing. Suitable for audiences 17+.

Runtime is approximately one hour with no intermission.

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    60 minutes
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    Charles O. Andersons