The Just and the Blind

The Just and The Blind

Conceived and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Original musical score by Daniel Bernard Roumain 
Directed by Michael John Garcés 

Tues. March 16, 2021 | 7:00PM
Digital Presentation | Free  
Program Notes

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“A concert of voice, body, and musical and visual scores that collectively draw a map of black parenthood and American justice.” — New York Times 

In a special collaboration for the Modlin Center, spoken word artist and activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, and street dance pioneer and choreographer Drew Dollaz offer selections from their short film trilogy, live performance, and conversation on racial profiling and the prison industrial complex in anticipation of the full presentation of The Just and the Blind at the Modlin Center for the Arts next season. 

Through poignant and pressing vignettes, The Just and the Blind uses music, dance, and spoken word to illuminate the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. The artists will discuss their creative work and process, the framework communities can develop to humanize historically marginalized Black and Brown children, and take questions from the virtual audience.  

A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow and the recipient of the Guggenheim social practice initiative, Marc Barmuthi Joseph is a curator of words, ideas, and protagonists. His bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He is a steadfast believer in empathy as the most valuable currency in building community, and seeks to spark curiosity and dialogue through stewardship and education. He currently serves as vice president and artistic director of social impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Daniel Bernard Roumain is a prolific and endlessly collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), Roumain has worked with artists from Philip Glass to Bill T. Jones to Lady Gaga. Drew Dollaz is a pioneer of flexing, a Brooklyn-based genre of street dance also referred to as bone breaking, which is characterized by rhythmic contortionist movements. His collaborators include Madonna, Rihanna, and the New York City flexing collective Next Level Squad.  

Each ticket also provides on-demand access to the broadcast after the performance.  

This presentation is made possible with generous support from the A. Dale Mayo Fund for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.


Learn more about The Just and The Blind 

TED Talks by Marc Bamuthi Joseph 

"Life is Living: An Arts Festival Focused on Healing. Community Collaboration and the Creative Eco-System.” Cultural Transformations: Youth and Pedagogies of Possibility, Harvard Education Press, Edited by Korina M. Jocson, 2013  

About Face - Poetry Dance Music: The first of a three-part short film series offering a different spin on the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of Black and Brown children.