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 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

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.

In the spirit of the Offerings, Requiem for a Stranger will be accompanied by a healing space for Black and Brown bodies 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
Vagabond Inventions Open modal
Renee Benson 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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Supported by

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.

NPN Creation Fund
New Music USA
The Platform Fund
Alternate Roots
The Puffin Foundation
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Network of Ensemble Theaters
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; The Helis Foundation, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation; The Welch Foundation; The RosaMary Foundation; Greater New Orleans Foundation; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; CAC President’s Council members; and CAC Silver Circle members. We are also grateful for the generous in-kind support from The Domain Companies and Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Helis Foundation
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation
RosaMary Foundation
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Domain Companies
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