Considered one of WHCDC founder/artistic director Mary Pat Henry’s masterworks, Southern Exposure is a dance/theatre piece delving into racism in the South during segregation and integration. Using archival images and film, spoken word, and music from the period, Southern Exposure is a collaborative multi-media work with artist William Christenberry’s “The Klan Room” and Chuck Haddix, music historian of the Marr Sound Archives. Southern Exposure will be expanded into incorporate references to the current issues of racism and hatred in America today as we look into the past and to the future. In the past few years the civil rights movement has grown fueled by grief and rage of black Americans of all ages.
The re-staging, community and audience engagement, and performances will provide the opportunity to enrich a dance-theatre work of significance, while fostering mutual respect for all persons and broadening understanding of American societyMary Pat Henry