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Sekou Sundiata's the 51st (dream) state exposes the questions, provokes critical reflection, spurs meaningful dialogue and avoids neat answers about the state of the American soul in an increasingly complex global culture. Developed alongside a series of public conversations on university campuses throughout the country, the work quotes from and speaks to the relationship of art and civic culture in everyday life. Taken alone, the 51st (dream) state offers viewers a profound place from which to continue this conversation outside of the theater. Taken together with the companion activities of the America Project, conversation becomes the ground on which new relationships between arts presenters, institutions, artists and audiences are built.
Lead commission and development support provided by WaterWorks, an initiative of Aaron Davis Hall, NYC. Commission support provided by the Carolina Performing Arts Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH; Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia; Miami Dade College, Center for Cultural Collaborations International, FL; Stanford Lively Arts at Stanford University, CA; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Developmental and production residencies have been provided by Eugene Lang College/New School University; Lafayette College; New World Theater; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Walker Art Center.
the 51st (dream) state was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative. The development of this work is also made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
the 51st (dream) state premiered at Stanford Lively Arts in April, 2006, toured internationally during the from 2006-2008.