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The Secret Sharer

by Joseph Conrad

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CO-CREATORS:
Daniel Banks
Kwesi Johnson
Antonio David Lyons 
Adam McKinney
Ken Norris
Giovanni Ortega
Papi Salgado

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ARTWORK BY TROY LAMBERT/AFROBLU STUDIO @AFROBLUSTUDIO

DNAWORKS is adapting Joseph Conrad’s 1909 novella The Secret Sharer into a dance-theatre performance work. Considered an early Queer text, The Secret Sharer integrates dance/music/ text/projections and will be performed in an open-concept space with audiences co-creating the environment and the narrative. In an extension of our community storycircle practice, audience members share their stories during the performance, interspersed at critical moments in the narrative.

This devised work is an exploration of fragility, tenderness, and intimacy in times of personal danger and societal discrimination–—the narrative of a silent, shared connection between two outsiders in the face of violence. In response to an increase in both hate crimes and  LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ youth suicides worldwide, we are creating spaces for resiliency and healing.

For more information, contact info@dnaworks.org

THE SECRET SHARER HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM:
Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Texas A&M University; Alternate Roots; Amphibian Stage Productions; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; ArtsEmerson; Ford Foundation; the Grambrindi Davies Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation; MAP Fund Award; National Endowment for the Arts; Network of Ensemble Theaters; and New England Foundation for the Arts.

DNAWORKS is a 2023 NDP Grant Award recipient. Support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Foundation in support of THE SECRET SHARER and  to address continued sustainability needs.

DEVELOPMENTAL RESIDENCIES:
2019 Amphibian Stage Productions and  Texas Christian University,  Fort Worth, TX
2020 Espace Tycheco, Moncton, New  Brunswick, Canada
2021 Virtual Online Residency

2022 Academy for the Visual and    Performing Arts, Texas A&M University,  College Station, TX
2023 Tanzraum Wedding Berlin, Germany

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