River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation

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River See explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz. Through an improvisational process that happens live during performance/with singers, dancers and audience members, Bridgforth composes a moving soundscape in support of SEE’s Journey. Through this collective process all are responsible for this story/about Love.

A series of blues stories set on a river boat, with juking women, queers, deviants and Seers, River See is the prayer before the first Great African American Migration (1910). Experienced through the heart of, SEE, a young woman-in-training, we journey through a world where the living-the dead-the unborn/the past-the present-the future co-exist. Lil NayNay, Grandma-Aunt Porkchopps, Big Suzi, Mr. Goodies, Mrs. Shine, Ms. Ada and she ole ass dog Lil Lady shepherd the way. With rowdy spirit guides and loving elders, SEE grows into her calling as the answered prayer, as she is prepared to be sent “to the North.”

Check out the River See documentary HERE.

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River See received support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network Commissioning Fund. More HERE.


Conjure Productions HERE.


Playwright Sharon Bridgforth’s ‘River See’ is moving, mystical…
by Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
“Sharon Bridgforth’s new work, “River See,” harks back to the roots of performance. If you let it take you where it wants to, if you follow its gestures and open up, the result is a production that is mystical and knowing.” -Rohan Preston, Star Tribune (FULL REVIEW HERE).

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