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The Murder Ballad (1938)

Thursday April 23rd, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday April 24th, 2015

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Sunday April 26th, 2015

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday April 25th, 2015

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Los Angeles
Performance | $25-$10

With a volatile mix of desire, jealousy and emancipatory yearning, Poor Dog Group’s latest movement-based work—first staged at REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival—gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. Originally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district, Morton’s song revels in the nastiness of its heroine’s voice, embodied here by Jessica Emmanuel, whose feral physical energy lays claim to the violent impulses of a woman betrayed. Directed by Jesse Bonnell, The Murder Ballad (1938) delves into the myth of female madness and racialized representations of sexuality.

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