African American Cultural Center to present Unique Juneteenth Performance
June 19th, 1865, widely recognized as Juneteenth, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Now You See Me opens June 19th, 2021, and runs through June 25th presented by the African American Cultural Center’s Paul Robeson Theatre.
However Now You See Me is not a play. It is a visual display of almost-abstract art, performance, and an immersive experience participants may choose to engage. Following the immersive experience, participants will be loosely-guided through an exhibit, perhaps making discoveries, perhaps just getting dirty, literally.
Now You See Me explores life lessons, generational values, and the transition one makes to becoming an ancestor. This Installation is composed by Artist Yao Kahlil Newkirk, who serves as Artistic Director of the Paul Robeson Theatre.
Participants will have 45 minutes to explore the installation. Performers will interact with audience members, giving them tasks, which they may or may not choose to perform. Each response determines how the performer will further engage. Daytime and evening performances will feature characters known as “The Fam, Everybody’s Momma, and Pops” (Sandra Clay, Chalma Warmley, Linda Barr, Yao Kahlil Newkirk, Tequoyah Newkirk & The Newkirk Dynasty).
While we work to accommodate all walks of life, some elements of this installation may not be easily accessible by wheelchair. For special services please call the Paul Robeson Theatre prior to purchasing tickets.
Participants will be required to put on a new mask and a new pair of gloves atop any PPE while indoors, including vaccinated persons. Masks and gloves will be provided upon entry.
This installation includes “tunnel-like” features that may be a trigger for those who have challenges with enclosed spaces.
Additionally, Now You See Me contains soil and other earth elements so rugged yet comfortable footwear, preferred.
Tickets are $22 and may be purchased at www.YaoKahlil.com or by visiting and calling the Paul Robeson Theatre 716.884.2013. The Center/Theatre is located at 350 Masten Avenue.