First Choral Tales Filmed

Dancers and Choreographer for "The Lord of the Cranes"

Choreographer and dancer Jingqiu Guan (front left), with dancers Mizuki Sako, Kelsey Manes, Kristianne Salcines and Kyra Sakamoto. They performed “Lord of the Cranes,” based on a folk tale from China.

Artists Building Capacity as World Citizens are delighted with the achievement of a significant milestone in the Choral Tales Project, the filming of the first three tales in the project.

Ludwig Tuman, the project’s founder and artistic director, wrote,
“We are excited to announce that on April 29, years of preparation bore fruit in a single, wonderful day when the first Choral Tales works were successfully filmed. It was a joy and privilege to engage and work with so many wonderful people, to see so much talent and experience all in one place! Musicians, choreographers, dancers, audio and film teams – some 60 artists in all – traveled from Long Beach and Los Angeles to Oxnard College to film the first Choral Tales pieces.

Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach, and Musicians

Dr. Jonathan Talberg (2nd row of choir, left) led the Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach, accompanied by percussionists Arthur Lin, Petra Elek and Bailey O’Donnell on African instruments.

Choral director, Dr. Jonathan Talberg, led the renowned Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach. The music was composed by Ludwig, based on text by collaborating poet and author, Shirin Sabri. Choreography was by Sherene Melania (previously filmed), Anindo Marshall, and Jingqui Guan. The pieces performed and filmed were “The Happy Man’s Shirt,” “The Cat’s Protector,” and “Lord of the Cranes” – based on folk tales from Scotland/UK, Tanzania, and China.”
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Artists Shed New Light on History of African-American Communities

National Museum of African American History and Culture illuminated at night.
Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

Artists Building Capacity as World Citizens hosted “Black Towns in 19th-century America,” a program about the experience of African-American life in the US, presented by Brad Randolph and Kevin Wade Mitchell at the Women’s City Club in Portsmouth, NH, Nov. 26, 2017.

The artists were the recipients of ABC-WC scholarships that funded their visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. last August. ABC-WC awarded the scholarships as part of its collaboration with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, in honor of the UN Decade for People of African Descent.

Brad Randolph

Both men have long been active in the evolution and growth of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. This organization, established in 1995, works to preserve, celebrate and honor the history and culture of the African-American community in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire region, from its colonial-era African Burying Ground to the modern Civil Rights Movement. The Trail, which serves as a model across the country for raising public awareness and appreciation of local Black history, recently evolved into a larger statewide organization, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.
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