WACO Theater Center presents Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger a multidisciplinary evening length work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word nigger, all its permutations, its history and its casual use in Hip Hop culture. In collaboration with two of America’s leading Black media-design technologists, original sound composition and local activists; it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people. Black Like Me combines physical, verbal, visual and sonic language to tell five narratives and perspectives in a unique way. Inspired by present day youth and their casual use of the word nigger, innovative multi-disciplined artists, visual/media design experts and digital campaign strategists come together to, in essence, combine the best of arts and sciences to enhance the singular message; nigger can not be transformed.
Jade Solomon Curtis is a choreographer and dance artist interested in the body as an artifact of memory, space and time. Through the lens of a contemporary Black woman, the integration of Black vernacular movements with contemporary dance, innovative technology and Hip Hop cultural influences her works ponder tradition and reinvention, social justice, social constructs as well as intuition and logic- often resulting in the subversion of an idea.