Thursday, June 9 - 8:00pm
Thursday, June 9 - 8:30pm (VIRTUAL)
"A work that is freeing and radical in a way that Black art so often doesn't get to be." —The New York Times
Written and performed by Alpert Award-winning poet and artist Carl Hancock Rux, The Baptism is a three-part poem and tribute to the legacies of civil rights leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. This live event will also include two iterations of a short film — The Baptism and The Baptism (rhetoric) — directed by seminal artist Carrie Mae Weems, with the latter featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello.
Carl Hancock Rux was the 2003 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Theatre.
Carrie Mae Weems was the 1996 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Visual Arts.
Meshell Ndegeocello was the 2019 recipient of the The Herb Alpert Award in Arts in Music.
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the West Coast premiere presented by CalArts Center for New Performance.