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2020-2021 Inter[SECTOR] Programs

Inter[SECTOR] is the CAC’s three-year multidisciplinary arts programming centering cross-sector engagements with the fields of carceral justice, healthcare, and the environment. During the 20-21 season Inter[SECTOR] examines the impact of mass incarceration on our community through performances, workshops, and virtual conversations created and led by women and non-binary artists alongside individuals impacted by the in justices in the prison system. Explore these programs and more, below!



Contemporary Arts Center

Performance Showcases: Works-in-Process by Performing Artists-in-Residence

August 27, 2021 to August 29, 2021

Join us for a weekend of nightly performance showcases featuring bold new works-in-process created by the CAC's 2021 performing artists-in-residence paris "cyan" cian, Jarrell Hamilton / De La SoL Dance Theatre Co., and Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth.

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CAC Studio Sundays

July 11 & 25, August 22, 2021
11 am – 2 pm | Free admission

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Contemporary Arts Center

The Graduates: Life

A CAC Inter[SECTOR] Program September 17, 2021

The Graduates are a New Orleans-based performance ensemble of formerly-incarcerated women who were former members of the Drama Club at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). Life is a performance that was created by The Graduates to accompany The Life Quilt (2018), a hand-beaded quilt adorned with the names of the 107 women serving life sentences in Louisiana.

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Contemporary Arts Center

The Graduates: Sacred Journey (World Premiere)

A CAC Inter[SECTOR] Program September 18, 2021

The Graduates are a New Orleans-based performance ensemble of formerly-incarcerated women who were former members of the Drama Club at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). Created during their year-long Sacred Wellness 360º residency at the CAC, Sacred Journey is a new work by the ensemble. Each piece of the performance will address the thoughts, challenges, and needs faced by members as they continue to heal from the carceral system.

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Contemporary Arts Center

Flyaway Productions: The Wait Room

A CAC Inter[SECTOR] Program
September 24, 2021 to September 26, 2021

The Wait Room exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden on women with incarcerated loved ones. Utilizing a large hydraulic stage shaped as a clock dial, the performance incorporates dance, installation, an original score by Pamela Z, and oral histories of women whose families are f ractured by the carceral system. The work is Part One of Jo Kreiter’s "Decarceration Trilogy: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex One Dance at a Time."

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Contemporary Arts Center

The Gorgeous Offerings: The Black Ophelia, A Film Screening & Community Discussion

A CAC Inter[SECTOR] Residency
November 5, 2021 to November 6, 2021

"The Gorgeous Offerings" are a series of rituals, sacred spaces, workshops, and community gatherings created to support healing from the loss and disorientation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all, these events are created to respond to the particular burden of grief held in the BIPOC community, compounded by layers of embodied stress and disruptions to communal forms of mourning and healing.

The Black Ophelia: A Film Screening & Community Discussion

November 5 - 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm

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Contemporary Arts Center

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever

December 3, 2021 to December 5, 2021

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is a multidisciplinary performance set to new music by Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla. The project explores the legacy of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first privately owned Creole-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000. The title is derived from a proverb used by Dominique to describe the spirit of Haiti’s marginalized poor in the face of violence and political oppression.

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Contemporary Arts Center and The Beaubourg Theatre

re:FRAME: Every Body Dance Now

December 13, 2021 to December 19, 2021

re:FRAME is a movement-research collective of six dance-makers exploring alternative systems for cultivating artistic community, exchange and sustainability. Rehearsing in residence since 2020, re:FRAME is currently developing five evening-length solo works for joint presentation at the CAC.

Every Body Dance Now

December 13 – 19, 2021

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Contemporary Arts Center

KM Dance Project: Raw Fruit

January 14, 2022 to January 16, 2022

Raw Fruit is a collection of stories that reveals the essence of ancestral values which have been woven into the cultural fabric of our lives. This multidisciplinary work uses the technology of the kitchen to examine legacy, identity, socialization, unity, and friction inside the southern Black family dynamic. Raw Fruit is a celebration of New Orleans culture juxtaposed to the complexities of the African American experience in the south.

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Past Events

AN ILIAD

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014