Choreography by: Ronald K. Brown
Music by: Meshell Ndegeocello
Lighting by: Tsubasa Kamei
Costumes by: Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya
Costume construction by: Zinda Williams
Performance: The Company
Commissioned by Fisher Center at Bard and The Joyce Theater, Mercy marks the first collaboration between Choreographer Ronald K. Brown and Composer Meshell Ndegeocello. The piece focuses on seeking compassion, which leads one to have mercy. The tension of the dance embodies the words in Malian Composer/Singer Oumou Sangare’s Shirk, recorded by Ms. Ndegeocello. In this work, the dancers embark on a physical journey towards justice in response to assault that resolves in joy and surrender.
Mercy premiered on July 5, 2019 at Bard Summerstage and is co-commissioned by the Richard B.Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carolina Performing Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, and The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New York.