Bessie Award winning work choreographed and written by Cynthia Oliver Premiered October 12-15, 1995 at Performance Space 122, New York, NY. Performers: Oliver, Renee Redding-Jones, Osunwale Tandum-Lett Music: Straylight featuring Jason Finkelman, Geoff Gersh Songstress: Helga Davis
Death’s Door, tells the story of one woman’s encounters with death through the voices of four women. With a song, a dance, we lament lives cut short by fates hand and celebrate lives long lived. Using the weapon of the tongue, the power of the body, and the strength of the imagination and spirit, Death’s Door faces the ultimate human mystery with candor, humor, and surrender. This collage of movement, music, and the spoken word moves the performers from the African American canvas to the Caribbean, from moments alone to feelings of filled wakes reminiscent of carnival. This journey of moments is told through the voice of Helga Davis and the bodies of Renee Redding-Jones, Osunwale Tandum Lett-Murray, and Oliver with music by Straylight featuring Jason Finkelman and Geoff Gersh.