Special Guest Sharony Green will present the spoken word “Tellin’ Stories…Makes You Happy”, an excerpt from her 21-minute choreopoem “Makes You Happy”
Choreographers: Awaken Dance Theater and Alexis Robbins
Musician: Marta Hernandez
Only 25 seats available!
Reservations are required.
Wine generously provided by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Sharony is an assistant professor of History at the University of Alabama and a native of Miami with roots in the Bahamas and the “Deep South.” Her ancestral past often shows up in her work. Whether she is investigating the past via historical sources or elsewhere, she is ultimately a storyteller. Her latest book Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015), like her earlier works, delves into the ironic tensions between pursuits of pleasure alongside real pain that is self-created or introduced by others. Sharony is also the author of Cuttin’ the Rug Under the Moonlit Sky: Stories and Drawings About a Bunch of Women Named Mae (Doubleday, 1997) and Grant Green: Rediscovering the Forgotten Genius of Jazz Guitar (Backbeat, 1999). She is ultimately keenly interested in how people survive their moments, something that also displays itself in her upcoming documentary film “The Grant Green Story,” which traces her former’s husband’s search for greater understanding about his father, the late Blue Note guitarist Grant Green. As a historian, Sharony has a little more time to find the evidence across time and space for these and other queries. She has an MA in Dance and Related Studies (Film, Theatre and History) from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, an MA in History from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in History from the University of Illinois.