Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description This production, using music, song and movement with brief narrative passages linking episodes and impressions from Black history in America... This beautiful musical enlives related school studies and is a highly enjoyable and enriching experience. (BAM flier)
The 12-member troupe sings, dances and acts its way throught hundreds of years of black history. The music varies from tribal chants to blues; the setting from an African village to an American slave block to a Northern Ghetto. Underlying all the scenes -- slave ship, tenement, barroom, church house -- is the pride and will for self-determination that is basic to the gospel shouts and funky rhythms that mark black music and helped revolutionize American musical forms.
The script itself is based on incisive pieces that capture today's mood as well as older works by distinguished black writers.
Voices, Inc., the producer of Journey into Blackness, is a repertory company which came to national attention several seasons ago with the off-Broadway smash, The Believers.