Conceived by Davóne Tines
Created by Helga Davis and Davóne Tines
Music composed by Helga Davis, Shara Nova, and Caroline Shaw
Choreography by Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray
Helga Davis and Davóne Tines (vocals)
Marc Carey, piano
The D.R.E.A.M. Ring
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin
Requiem for: A Tuesday is a theatrical concert that takes the form of a ceremony in which those assembled are invited to overcome fear by looking to each other. In this ceremony, music opens up a space for the audience to witness and thus face collective and individual notions of mortality and fear. By taking part in such an act, the assembled will perhaps understand that these actions are universal and thus fear of the other is not necessary as there is, in fact, no other.
The ceremony is administered by vocalist/improviser Helga Davis and bass-baritone Davóne Tines with a musical ensemble of string quartet and piano, and features the dance crew the D.R.E.A.M. Ring led by Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray who dance in a style called Flexin. Using music and dance in tandem, the work unfurls as a powerful and emotional meditation on violence enacted in and upon black communities, exploring a multitude of different perspectives from both sides of the perceived divide.
Helga Davis and Davóne Tines serve as guides—acting at once as “everyman,” singing the inner thoughts of the collective, and also as a “composite avatar,” evoking individual victims of police brutality.