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They went down very deep, to where the light of the sun and then the light of the sea stopped, and things were only visible in their own light.  They passed a submerged village, with men and women on horseback turning about a musical carousel.  It was a splendid day, and there were brightly colored flowers on the terraces.  “Here a Sunday sank at about eleven o'clock in the morning,” Mr. Herbert said.  “It must have been some cataclysm.”
— Gabriel García Márquez

photos by Melisa Cardona

In Sea of Common Catastrophe, Jeff Becker leads the ArtSpot ensemble in a deep consideration of the profound transformations that have swept through New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina, and of our own roles and responsibilities as artists in the realities of gentrification and displacement.

Using a devised ensemble process in which visual design elements drive the dramaturgy of the piece, Jeff Becker's sculptural innovation, Courntey Egan's magical video projections, Jeffrey Gunshol's liquid choreography and ArtSpot's physical performance-making style and original music create a dream-world imagining of a community inundated by a flood of change and upheaval.

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Sea of Common Catastrophe is performed by Kehinde Ishangi, Kathy Randels and Lisa Shattuck, with special cameo appearances by three local performers.  With original music by Sean LaRocca, sound design by Jo Nazro, lighting design by Evan Spigelman, costumes by Laura Sirkin-Brown, and stage management by Rebecca McLaughlin.


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Sea of Common Catastrophe is: made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; a project of Creative Capital; and a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by 7 Stages of Atlanta in partnership with JEMAGWGA and NPN.  Additional support by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.