Oxblood is a panoramic outdoor performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South. Estranged sisters Rose and Laurel reunite in rural Georgia after their centuries-old family home burns to the ground. While Rose’s husband Jacob loses himself in the scarred farmland, the two sisters grapple over its uncertain future. Oxblood unfolds in a fearless blend of dialogue, dance, and sweeping choral music. With rich, keening harmonies composed by Brendan Connelly, and deeply intimate, unflinching choreography by Angelle Hebert, Oxblood unearths the tangled histories buried deep in the land and asks what happens to us when we leave that land behind.
Oxblood is the recipient of a 2016 Project Residency with AIR Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The piece will be presented there July 22-24, 2016.
Premiered October 10-24 and November 20-22, 2014
at Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans City Park
“One of the most impressive works to be created in New Orleans since another City Park resident five years ago, Loup Garou”
Brian Sands for Ambush Magazine
“A performance poem about the inability to recover or escape our roots”
Jim Fitzmorris for The New Orleans Advocate
“The combination of music, dance, poetic dialogue and the outdoor setting came together in an ambitious and effective production”
Tyler Gillespie for Gambit Weekly
Interview & music with Hazel the Delta Rambler on WWOZ’s Old Time Country & Bluegrass Show
Interview & music with David Kunian on WWOZ’s The Kitchen Sink
The development and tour of Oxblood have been funded by grants from Alternate ROOTS. Oxblood is also supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans. Oxblood is also made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters‘ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The project was supported by many generous private donors through our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you!