Doors at 6PM
Advance $29 | At the Door $34
About the Show
Conceived by Davóne Tines
Created by Helga Davis and Davóne Tines
Music composed by Helga Davis, Shara Nova, and Caroline Shaw
Choreography by Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray
Helga Davis and Davóne Tines (vocals)
Marc Carey, piano
The D.R.E.A.M. Ring
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin
Requiem for: A Tuesday is a theatrical concert that takes the form of a ceremony in which those assembled are invited to overcome fear by looking to each other. In this ceremony, music opens up a space for the audience to witness and thus face collective and individual notions of mortality and fear. By taking part in such an act, the assembled will perhaps understand that these actions are universal and thus fear of the other is not necessary as there is, in fact, no other.
The ceremony is administered by vocalist/improviser Helga Davis and bass-baritone Davóne Tines with a musical ensemble of string quartet and piano, and features the dance crew the D.R.E.A.M. Ring led by Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray who dance in a style called Flexin. Using music and dance in tandem, the work unfurls as a powerful and emotional meditation on violence enacted in and upon black communities, exploring a multitude of different perspectives from both sides of the perceived divide.
Helga Davis and Davóne Tines serve as guides—acting at once as “everyman,” singing the inner thoughts of the collective, and as a “composite avatar,” evoking individual victims of police brutality.
Helga Davis is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist whose work includes collaborations with composers, choreographers, and theater artists alike. She is the recipient of the BRIC Arts | Media Fireworks Residency grant where she developed and completed her first evening-length theater piece, Cassandra. She was hailed for her leading performance in the restaging of the seminal opera-theater work Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. In 2012 she appeared in VOX the Contemporary American Opera Lab run by New York City Opera in Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses and with cellist Maya Beiser in Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoli. In 2011 Davis played the role of “Sweet Peach” in Soho Rep’s production of Jomama Jones: Radiate, a production which made New Yorker theatre critic Hilton Als’ top ten list in 2011. In 2007 Davis began hosting Overnight Music on WNYC and was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award for hosting 24:33: The Playful and Playable John Cage. From 2003–2005 she was the co-star of The Temptation of St. Anthony, directed by Robert Wilson with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Wire Magazine’s David Keenan described Helga as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”
Davóne Tines, deemed a “singer of immense power and fervor” by The Los Angeles Times and a “charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone” by The New York Times, is building an international career by commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance. In 2015-16, the Dutch National Opera presented his company debut starring opposite French counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky in the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains directed by Peter Sellars. In the same season, the Los Angeles Times exalted Tines as “the find of the season,” for performances of Caroline Shaw’s By and By with the Calder Quartet and Kaija Saariaho’s Sombre with members of ICE at the Ojai Music Festival. Highlights of the recent past include the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, directed by multi Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, for which The Wall Street Journal called him a “glowing bass-baritone” and the Stylus Music Journal said he “brought the house down with his eloquent and painful singing” in the leading role of Freddie Stowers. Tines also premiered the one-man chamber opera, American Gothic, for which Details applauded his “lush voice” and stated that “each section of the work benefits from Tines’ heartbreakingly rendered supplications.”
Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray
Reggie “Regg-Roc” Gray was born in East New York. His journey with dance began when he was 3. Introduced to reggae music by his family, Reggie took a liking to it and wanted to learn one of the music’s dance styles called Dancehall/Brukup. He and his friends went onto form an elite dance group based on this type of dance. The group HYPERACTIVE eventually led to Reggie become a pioneer in developing a new genre of dance, which he calls FLEXN. Since then, Reggie has founded a dance competition, D.R.E.A.M (Dance Rules Everything Around Me), has appeared in several commercials, and has traveled around the world to share the dance style of Flexn. He and his dance crew won “Wild Out Weds” twice, and have been featured in music videos such as Sean Paul’s “Like Glue,” Wayne Wonder’s “Elephant Man,” Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack,” and more. They also competed on America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3 under the name Ringmasters. More recently, Reggie has explored his passion further by co-directing FLEXN with Peter Sellers at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. He believes that dancers must realize their role as innovators.