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Alt Title(s): Dark Fruit 1
Location: Recorded in La Peña, Berkeley, California on April 1 1992.
Synopsis: The second of two full-length shows conceived, written, and performed by Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern African-American Homosexuals), Dark Fruit premiered at the Public Theatre in December 1991 and went on to tour the US and England. Its searing critique of family and identity within African-American and mainstream cultures were emblematic of the group's work. Starting out with a satirical medical ...
Alt Title(s): Dark Fruit 2
Location: Recorded at Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, IL on September 14, 1993.
Synopsis: This performance of Dark Fruit represents the second iteration of the show. Marvin K. White stepped in for Eric Gupton during the latter's sabbatical. Dark Fruit is the second of two full-length shows conceived, written, and performed by Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern African-American Homosexuals). It premiered at the Public Theatre in December 1991 and went on to tour the US and England. Its searin...
Alt Title(s): Stories from Black Gay Life
Location: Recorded at Highways in Los Angeles, CA on August 20, 1994.
Synopsis: Fierce Love was conceived, written, and performed as a response to the absence of three-dimensional black, gay men on the American stage. The show premiered at Josie's Juice Joint & Cabaret in San Francisco in January 1991, and went on to tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim until 1994 (Brian Freeman revived the show with a new cast in 2010). This recording marks the final perf...
Location: Recorded at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN in 1995.
Synopsis: This workshop performance (rap/song/dance) became the overture for Djola Banner's first full-length play, Homos in the House, which premiered at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis in 1998. The play served up a searing response to black homophobia in the 1990s, particularly as it pertained to the spread and prevention of HIV and AIDS in the African-American community during the worst of the pandemic.D...
Location: Recorded at Fitzgerald Theatre in Saint Paul, MN on December 31, 1999.
Synopsis: This performance marked a turning point in Djola Branner's work. It blurred the boundaries between singers, dancers, and actors, abstracted traditional Haitian and modern dance idiom, African-American narrative and gospel lyrics, and aligned passion and spiritual epiphanty. And it was just plain fun!Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to c...
Alt Title(s): Tribute to Sylvester
Location: Recorded at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN in 1999.
Synopsis: Mighty Real chronicles the real (and imagined) life of singer/songwriter and flamboyant pop sensation Sylvester. The show celebrates his music and legacy and reveals man's uncompromising struggle to maintain his black, gay identity in the face of an industry that sought to change him. Mighty Real premiered in Minneapolis, and subsequently toured to Winston-Salem, Boston, and San Francisco. Branne...
Location: Recorded at Josie's Juice Joint & Cabaret in San Francisco, CA on October 26, 1994.
Synopsis: 'Sweet Sadie' is the only solo-show (thus far) conceived, written and performed by Djola Branner. It premiered at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis in 1994, and subsequently toured to Winston-Salem, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Anchorage and Leicester, England. 'Sweet Sadie' is inspired by autobiography, and dramatizes Branner's tumultuous maternal relationship with his mother. By physically e...
Location: Recorded at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN on July 6, 1996.
Synopsis: Inspired by the children's book of the same title, this interdisciplinary collage of music, theatre, and dance provided a training ground for Djola Branner as a theatre maker. It also marked the first collaboration with Aaron Barnell, composer and musical director. The slide illustrations by Jan Thompson Dicks were used as set design. The deliberately irreverent tone of the house that crack built...
Alt Title(s): Four Poems
Location: Recorded in San Francisco, CA in 1984.
Synopsis: This video recording documents some of Djola's earliest work as a performer. These four poems, based on classic blues and jazz forms, chronicle the content and character of Djola's life in San Francisco during the early eighties.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original ...
Location: Recorded at Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN on December 4, 1997.
Synopsis: This student performance was conceived and choreographed in the wake of Djola Branner's first trip to Haiti in 1996. It integrates personal narrative and traditional Haitian dance and folklore.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original full-length and one-act dramas give ...
Location: Recorded at Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on July 6, 1996.
Synopsis: This theatrical collaboration dramatized the real life courtship and wedding of Djola Branner and Patrick Scully, who married long before it was legal...or fashionable. Forever Hold Your Piece premiered in Minneapolis, and subsequently toured to NYC.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the...
Location: Recorded at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN on August 14, 2004.
Synopsis: Funny Valentines is one of the few linear plays that Djola Branner has written and performed. The short play is an ode to the perils of speed dating. 'Nuff said.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original full-length and one-act dramas give voice to individuals historicall...
Alt Title(s): Flesh and Spirit I, Flesh & Spirit 1, Flesh and Spirit 1
Location: Recorded at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA on June 13, 2009.
Synopsis: As co-director of the performance troupe Flesh & Spirit, Djola Branner choreographed and performed traditional Haitian and modern dances throughout the San Francisco Bay area from 1989 to 1994. The dances performed in this piece are taken from a secular celebration that occurs in Haiti before religious (vodou) ceremonies in the spring. Rara, as it is known in Haiti, is a festival of music and dan...
Alt Title(s): Flesh and Spirit II, Flesh & Spirit 2, Flesh and Spirit 2
Location: Recorded at Footwork Dance Studio in San Francisco, CA on November 7, 1992.
Synopsis: This performance integrates music, text, and several dance idioms, including traditional Haitian, modern, and (a touch of) Maori haka. It aligns visual and spoken narrative, along with sacred and secular rites, representing an approach to theater-making that Djola Branner would revisit time and again.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to ...