Joan is a quartet celebrating power over tyranny, motivated by Julius Eastman’s score “The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc”. The story of Joan d’Arc, a female warrior who is called by God to lead her army to victory against an occupying oppressor, is central to this dance. The French origins of this legend are reinterpreted to remember the history of the Maroons, Seminoles and other communities of revolutionary people who fought for their freedom against slavery and colonial rule. Flanking “Joan” are three saints who symbolize the spirits of her ancestors who guide and fight by her side.
Choreography by Kyle Marshall
Current Performers · Bree Breeden, David Lee Parker, Taína Lyons & Ariana Speight
Music by Julius Eastman

Photography by John Evans & Siggi Bachman
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