Legendary Performance Duo Cultural Odyssey

This May, Rhodessa Jones & Idris Ackamoor of Cultural Odyssey perform an evening of live at music DC’s Dance Place.

About the Work
Fully Awake & Facing Seventy: Heaven Betta Bea Honky Tonk! is written and performed by highly acclaimed San Francisco artist, Rhodessa Jones, with musical direction and performance by jazz artist Idris Ackamoor. An evening cabaret with live music celebrating Jones officially joining the ranks of the “senior citizen”, Fully Awake confronts the issue of aging head-on with insight, progressive politics, sharp-edged humor and yoga. This cabaret evening doubles as a treatise on the Baby Boomer Generation confronting their last years and addressing the issue of growing old with dignity and security. Fully Awake completes a trio of full-length solo autobiographical works of Ms. Jones’ almost half-century career as a professional artist and community activist.

About Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor is an alto and tenor saxophonist, composer, actor, tap dancer and theater director. He is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. He is also Artistic Director of the legendary world music / jazz ensemble Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. Idris has performed with tenor saxophonists Chico Freeman, the late John Tchicai, late alto saxophonist Charles Tyler, Drummer Famoudou Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Cecil Taylor Creative Orchestra and dancer Bill T. Jones.

About Rhodessa Jones
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, director and writer. She currently teaches the Black Theater Workshop at University of California, Berkeley and directs the award-winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle. She has received a Theatre Bay Area Legacy Award, the Sui Generis Foundation Achievement Award, the 2013 San Francisco Mayor’s Art Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater and an Honorary Doctorate from California College of the Arts. She has directed for the Public Theater, the African American Shakespeare Company, Alice Tully Hall, South Africa’s Urban Voices Festival and National Arts Festival. She has published several books on community-based arts, African American theater history and methods.

WHAT: Rhodessa Jones & Idris Ackamoor of Cultural Odyssey

WHEN: Saturday, May 12 at 8pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland-CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking

TICKETS: $30 Admission; $25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists); $15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend: $25 Advanced Sales Admission; $20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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