"STIRRING THE WATERS..." TESTIMONIALS

Additional Projection Design by

KADESH DuBOSE

"STIRRING THE WATERS..." WORKSHOP AT THE KENNEDY CENTER REACH

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, we were pleased to present a workshop presentation of STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA before a standing-room-only crowd at The Kennedy Center REACH. Scroll down to read performance reviews.

Choreographed by

KIANA EBONÉ

STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA is one of the first works to be developed through the Kennedy Center’s newly-inaugurated Social Impact Residency. The production will commence touring in 2020.

Produced by NEWORKS PRODUCTIONS

in partnership with EDGEWOOD


Projection Design by

JON-SESRIE GOFF

STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA is a multimedia touring production illuminating the Civil Rights Movement for new audiences. Conceived by American composer Nolan Williams, Jr., STIRRING THE WATERS... combines captivating music, spoken word and dance with stunning visuals to highlight seminal moments from the Movement from 1954 to 1968, connecting the past with the present.


"STIRRING THE WATERS..." IN THE NEWS...

Click below to read the Washington Post feature announcing the workshop presentation and performance reviews by D.C. Metro Theatre Arts and the Washington Informer!


"Electrifying. Awakening. ...Exquisitely bold and utterly holy"

-D.C. Metro Theatre Arts


Casting Directed by

CHARLES COWARD



"STIRRING THE WATERS..." SHOWCASED AT THE REACH OPENING FESTIVAL

The Opening Festival for The REACH, the expansion project of the Kennedy Center, featured an open rehearsal of STIRRING THE WATERS...  on Saturday, September 7, 1:00 to 4:30pm. Here are images and video from this showcase.

"STIRRING THE WATERS... should be seen throughout the country. It's an impeccably woven work, piecing together the history of America and current day events with beautiful music and text. I can't wait to see it again and again!"

-ARIEL DAVIS, Program Manager, Social Impact, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


"Georgetown University has had the honor of working with Nolan Williams for more than a decade and is proud that musical works commissioned by the university are featured in his inspirational production STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA."
-MARY HAINES, Director of Protocol and Events, Georgetown University


"Through its images, music, dance, and overall narrative, STIRRING THE WATERS... offers a multi-sensory, inspiring experience that... is brilliant, stunning, and stirring... [It] links the past to the present, while offering a solution-oriented blueprint for an improved future. Williams and his team have set the mark high and America is better off for it!"
-ROBERT J. PATTERSON, Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality


Directed by

ERIC RUFFIN

Asst. Music Directed by

PAUL BYSSAINTHE, JR.

Conceived, Written and Music Directed by

NOLAN WILLIAMS, JR.


Lighting Design by

HELEN GARCIA-ALTON