Photo by Rebecca Hurson.
Roderick George Presents "The Missing Fruit"
A work-in-process showing
David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico
Tickets: $15 (+$1.75 ticketing fee)
This work-in-process showing of The Missing Fruit will be presented during artistic director Roderick George’s residency at The Pocantico Center. The Missing Fruit explores the impacts of racial violence and racism in public health through an interdisciplinary production rooted in dance and set to an original score by the musical duo Slowdanger.
First conceptualized during the most recent Black Lives Matter protests, The Missing Fruit examines the experiences of Black and indigenous people and people of color, particularly addressing their struggles to combat oppression, death, financial insecurity, and health vulnerabilities while making space for Black joy to thrive.
The creation’s title takes inspiration from Billie Holiday’s 1939 song "Strange Fruit," which stirred controversy by shining a harsh light on the unrelenting racial and social injustices of the Jim Crow era.
The rise of social media has given America a bird's eye view of the lynching of Black bodies that continues to this day. The Missing Fruit symbolizes the historic impact of pressure while centering joy and pleasure through Black social dance, vocals, narration, and scenic design. This event is presented in partnership with the RBF Culpeper Arts & Culture program and YoungArts.
Following the show, there will be an audience discussion with the cast and creative team of The Missing Fruit and a reception with special access to the DR Center gallery, currently showing Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art.
The snow date for this event is Friday, March 31.
Roderick George, a native of Houston, Texas, studied dance at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. George is a Youth American Grand Prix bronze medalist, YoungArts Winner, and Presidential Scholar for the Arts. He professionally danced for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballett Basel, Goteborg Operan DansKompani, and The Forsythe Company. George has been the choreographer and artistic director of kNoname Artist since 2015.