On Friday, April 5 from 7-9 p.m., Washington, D.C. native iona ROZEAL brown will present Battle of Yestermore in a special FREE performance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design.
The piece extends the allegories of the artist’s renowned paintings to her first work of live performance. Originally commissioned for the Performa 2011 festival in New York, battle of yestermore draws from the myth-based genres of Kabuki and Noh theater, as well as hip-hop culture and vogueing, made famous in the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s. This will be the debut performance of battle of yestermore in Washington, D.C.
Admission to the performance, timed to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is free, and preregistration is encouraged. To register, visit http://battleofyestermore.eventbrite.com/.
As a native Washingtonian, Brown was first introduced to Kabuki theatre by her mother, who took her to performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. battle of yestermore features performances by vogueing legends Benny Ninja, along with New York hip hop dancers Monstah Black, Beasty, Lady Beast, Monalisa, Katie, Toko and Uko, while brown performs an original sound score accompanied by live musicians. Featuring costumes and creative kimono adaptations by costume stylist Brent Barkhaus, the performance promises to be a spectacular feast for the senses.