Prophetika: An Oratorio

@ La MaMa Experimental Theater, New York, NY

@ Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY

Conceived and Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Composed by Courtney Bryan

Scenic and Costume Design by Abigail DeVille
Sound: Justin Hicks

Harp: Brandee Younger

Piano: Courtney Bryan

Lighting Design: Kent Barrett

Video Art: Cauleen Smith

Production Assistant: Hao Bai

Featuring: Jadele McPherson, Justin HicksCourtney Bryan, Brandee Youngerlive

Archival Video: Kara Lynch

Archival Photography: Hao Bai, Groana Melendez

Press Photography: Sofia Berinstein

Graphic Design: Nontsikelelo Mutiti

*2015 OBIE AWARD FOR DESIGN*

 

Photos used in press:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/prophetika-brings-charlotte-braithwaite-home-1427982612

https://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2015/03/in-name-of-freedom-charlotte.html

https://www.culturebot.org/2015/03/23568/prophetika-an-oratorio-maura-donohue-talks-to-charlotte-brathwaite/

http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2015/04/prophetika-an-oratorio-by-charlotte-brathwaite/

http://beta.pitchengine.com/pitches/9b39ebc1-7e50-469c-be36-ce18e8d3b0cf

https://afropunk.com/2015/03/event-prophetika-an-oratorio-part-theatrical-event-part-visual-art-installation-part-ritual-ceremony/

Press:

 

"Conceptual yet viscerally powerful...“She [Charlotte Brathwaite]'s making theater for and with her generation, with visual and musical sensibility that is a stunningly multidimensional experience.”" –The Wall Street Journal

“Afrofuturism-inspired theatrical event with a message for today” – Huffington Post

“Along with telling several people to go see it, I’ve been saying Sun Ra lives! I felt soaked in an understanding of time that pulls from past and reaches through now into what could be.” – CultureBot

“In the Black prophetic tradition, music has been (and is) a vital component in the articulation of our freedom quests. P​rophetika captures this truth completely. ...I’m sure I caught the holy spirit more than once as I swayed and clapped along with the show’s rhythms.” – BlackArts


PROMOTIONAL VIDEO CLIP

PERFORMANCE EXCERPT
"GAZE IN THE MIRROR"


PERFORMANCE EXCERPT
"WHAT DO THEY CALL ME?"


Part theatrical event, part visual art installation, part ritual ceremony, Prophetika: An Oratorio proposes a mythical cosmology of colliding reflections on freedom and a view of the current state of our world. Inspired by Harriet Tubman’s journey from enslavement to liberation; the cosmic philosophies and improvisational style of Sun Ra; Alice Coltrane’s consciousness rising devotional music and the mysterious invading black monoliths in Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film 2001: Space Odyssey.