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The Keeping

Sat, May 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for The Keeping by Jupiter Performance Studio. Inspired by the founding of Weeksville, gather with us as we honor the legacy of Black liberation in Brooklyn and beyond.

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About the Keeping:

The Keeping is a processional performance created for an ensemble of seven performers and six musicians. The multi-site specific procession is composed of live music, dance, storytelling, and poetry that explore the legacy of sovereignty, autonomy for Black communities who established freedom towns and spiritual communities from the 1800’s until now.

The Keeping activates the entire Weeksville campus and four blocks bordering the center. While the overall project and the procession are informed by Weeksville’s archive and legacy, The Keeping is not a historical reenactment or traditional interpretation of the work as a walking tour. The Keeping is a theatrical ceremony informed by practices of social good, self-determination, spirituality, sensuality, and sovereignty as critical components of the Black liberation continuum.

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Jubilee 11213: The Keeping is commissioned by Weeksville Heritage Center and supported by Creative Capital, Black Spatial Relics, New York Theatre Workshop, Coalition of Theatres of Color, MacDowell, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.