Requiem for A Stranger

by Vagabond Inventions and Renee Benson

Requiem for a Stranger is a work of movement-theater, music, and interactive design exploring the vast heartspace of grief. Inspired by texts by adrienne maree brown, Rainer Maria Rilke, the healer Martín Prechtel, and the creators’ own losses – the production is devised as a love song for the stage. Figures move like rivulets through an absurd wilderness, navigating overlapping crises, ancestral memory, and the paradise of the mundane.

Requiem for a Stranger is the culmination of the year-long project, “The Gorgeous Offerings,” produced by Renee Benson, India Mack, and Jennifer Sargent – a series of community events, workshops, and sacred spaces created to support healing from the ruptures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Requiem for a Stranger 2 Julie Verlinden Photography

Requiem for a Stranger. Photo By Julie Verlinden Photography

Requiem for a Stranger.Photo BY Julie Verlinden Photography

Requiem for a Stranger. Photo By Julie Verlinden Photography

Requiem for a Stranger. Photo BY Julie Verlinden Photography

Requiem for a Stranger. Photo By Julie Verlinden Photography

In the spirit of the Offerings, Requiem for a Stranger will be accompanied by a healing space called "The Crying Room," created by Oakland-based artist Mariah Rankine-Landers. The Crying Room, a womb-like enclosure intended for safe processing of feelings of overwhelm, will be installed in an adjoining gallery and available to patrons after the performance of Requiem for a Stranger.

Featured Artists
Renee Benson Open modal
Vegabond Inventions Open modal
Jeff Becker Open modal
Ja'nese Brooks-Galathe Open modal
Jessica Donley Open modal
Melanie Greene Open modal
Madison Krekel Open modal
India Mack Open modal
Mariah Rankine-Landers Open modal
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Requiem for a Stranger, The Gorgeous Offerings, and The Crying Room are supported by NPN’s Creation and Development Fund, New Music USA's Creator Development Fund in 2021, The Platforms Fund, Alternate Roots, the Puffin Foundation, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

PHOTO CREDIT:Julie Verlinden

General Support


Programming and Exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans are made possible through generous support from our generous supporters including: The Andrew Mellon Foundation; Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; The Helis Foundation, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation; The Welch Foundation; The RosaMary Foundation; Greater New Orleans Foundation; National Performance Network; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; CAC President’s Council members: Valerie Besthoff, Susan & Ralph Brennan, Robyn Dunn Schwarz and Andrew Schwarz, Aimée & Michael Siegel, Staci Rosenberg, Jane B. & Rodney Steiner, MK Wegman & Lisa Mount, Dian & Tom Winingder; and CAC Silver Circle members: Virginia Besthoff & Nancy Aronson, Jessica Bride & Nick Mayor, Jane Cooper & Bob Heaps, Leslie & Jonathan Fawer, John Foley, Tina Freeman & Philip Woollam, Gina Monette, Marcy H. Monrose Curtis & Charles Curtis, Greg Montgomery, Barbara & Biff Motley, Michael Schneider, Sharon SIlvers, Jane & I. William Sizeler, and Gretchen & Scott R. Wheaton. We are also grateful for the generous in-kind support from The Domain Companies and Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery; as well as our community partners: Mr. Wolf; Loyola University; Dancing Grounds; Prospect New Orleans; Voice of the Experienced; and Women with a Vision.

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