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Omaha Under the Radar is a nonprofit dedicated to the production and presentation of contemporary music, dance, and theatre. Through the Generator Series – a concert series created in partnership with KANEKO – Omaha Under the Radar explores concepts that impact us individually and on a collective level.
February 2019 will be the launch of our most ambitious Generator Series event to date: RESILIENCE, a multi-event series of concerts, talks, masterclasses, and open rehearsals exploring themes of creative expression in confinement, violence against women, and contemporary ideas of femininity.
The artists featured on RESILIENCE have direct experience with these themes, and have created generous and engaging works that illustrate the struggle, self-determination, and transformation of their stories.
ARTISTS and PROGRAM:
Dominique Morgan; singer-songwriter, poet, advocate
While incarcerated as a juvenile, Dominique Morgan began writing poetry and songs as a way to cope and express his individual experience. For the first time, he is returning to the songs he wrote during that period, which he will perform with a classical music ensemble.
The Body of the State by Eliza Brown with Ensemble Dal Niente
The Body of the State tells the story of Juana of Castille (known as “Juana the Mad”), the rightful Queen of Spain who was stripped of her power and incarcerated for decades by her husband, father, and, eventually, her son. While teaching graduate courses at the Indiana Women’s Prison, Eliza Brown noted a strong urge among the students to create and express their lived experiences through poetry and other creative writing, and invited them to participate in the creation of the libretto for The Body of the State. The writers also desired to contribute their physical voices, so their recorded voices are heard during the performance of the opera. The process was both illuminating, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Ultimately, both composer and librettists felt empowered by the process, and are honored to share their collective work in the form of the opera, which is performed by Chicago chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.
Jenna Lyle; composer, vocalist, movement artists
As a composer and vocalist, Jenna Lyle explores issues of identity and femininity in her work, working toward an embodied and empowered presence, while allowing for honesty and vulnerability. Her work, Louise, utilizes Theremins and a massive skirt that doubles as both a beautiful costume and a cage.
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