The Geography Trilogy/Part 3: Come Home Charley Patton
The Geography Trilogy reflects Ralph Lemon’s perceptions of his research travels in Africa, Asia, and the U.S., and his identification with collaborators who include artists from Haiti, The Ivory Coast, Guinea, China, India, Japan, and Taiwan. Come Home Charley Patton: Part 3 of the Geography Trilogy explores the complicated past and rich folk culture of the southern United States as well as Lemon’s family history, from Lemon’s great-aunt Mattie in her nineties through his parents and himself (who straddle the periods of segregation into integration) to his daughter, in her twenties and of mixed race, whose life has been entirely “post-segregation.” Come Home Charley Patton investigates how different generations remember the same critical events and places, what kind of narratives do justice to traumatic memories, and what forms these memories can take through interconnected artistic ventures—a stage performance, video documentary, visual art exhibit, book, and website.
New York, NY
Ralph Lemon received a CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, and has been invited to participate in the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. He was an Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre and is a Board Member of Danspace Project at St. Marks Church.