Performance – The Black Iris Project: A Mother’s Rite
Founded in 2016 by choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle that creates new, relevant classical and contemporary ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. “A Mother’s Rite” is a new ballet about how one mother copes with the loss of her child to a racially-motivated murder..
A powerful 38 minute solo ballet set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic composition Rite of Spring that explores one mother’s journey through the stages of grief after being thrust into the spotlight by way of her son’s murder by police.
This engagement of Black Iris Project is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Photos of Courtney Celeste Spears by Matthew Murphy.