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Will Rawls, "Uncle Rebus," a High Line Performance

Rawls’s performance for the High Line, “Uncle Rebus,” is a choreographed meditation on Uncle Remus, the fictional narrator of the Southern folklore compilation, Brer Rabbit Tales. Invented by white Southern folklorist and author, Joel Chandler Harris, Uncle Remus was a composite identity based on Harris’s account of African-American oral cultures on the plantations where Harris served as an apprentice. Manipulating a large-scale keyboard composed of removable letters, the dancers will spell out a long-form story, destabilizing the fictional dialects of Harris’s imagination, further exploring the limits of linguistic sense and written speech.

“Uncle Rebus” was performed July 10 – 12, 2018 by Trinity Bobo, Stanley Gambucci, and Jasmine Hearn. Costumes by Eleanor O’Connell.

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