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IN Series Presents: Spirit Moves

September 22, 2022 - September 24, 2022


a new community opera

Story and words by Jarrod Lee

Music by Timothy Amukele

Movement by Shawna Williams

Music direction by Elizabeth G. Hill‍

Featuring: Jihanna Davis, Daniel J. Smith, Daryl Lillian Johnson, Dustin Praylow, and Shawna Williams


SPIRIT MOVES introduces a Black family navigating life’s struggles, finding solace and strength in their shared stories. SPIRIT MOVES engages audiences in the act of storytelling with artist-led call-and-response and shared movement, building community through theater, music, and dance. SPIRIT MOVES centers Black artists in all creative spaces – playwright, composer, performers. The piece honors and celebrates African American cultural traditions and seeks to utilize these and other storytelling traditions to create a space in which everyone has a voice. Audiences will be encouraged to engage with the performing artists as participants co-creating a shared experience, with time and space dedicated to learning the participatory elements and building trust and confidence between the performers and the audience. SPIRIT MOVES is a new work that seeks to build community in real time, speak directly to the assembled audience, and in turn, hear directly from them.


Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11am and 1:30pm

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11am and 1:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11am

in partnership with DC Department of Parks and Recreation
with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
with special thanks to Brenda Richardson and the Friends of Oxon Run Park



September 22, 2022
September 24, 2022
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James E. Bunn Amphitheater at Oxon Run Park
1200 Mississippi Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20032 United States
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