The Sacred Harp

First seen ten years ago, The Sacred Harp is being revived by FrenetiCore for its evening-length debut at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Set in the early 20th century, Sacred Harp is the story of a young interracial couple and the violent response of intolerant townsfolk to the relationship. A traveling preacher, aghast at the black-white couple, stirs up trouble among the town's residents before more reasonable town leaders prevail. Rebecca French choreographed the multimedia dance theater production, with Robert Thoth providing film and music and Ashley Horn contributing costumes.

Interracial couples no longer cause the scandal they once did, but French says the story is still relevant. ''There's still oppression and prejudice,'' she tells us. ''Even now, we need to [strive] for tolerance and acceptance.''

French uses a mix of modern dance, contemporary ballet and American folk dance -partnered with shape-note music. “A lot of our music came from John Lomax,” she says, referring to the famous musicologist and folklorist.

8:15 p.m. 6000 Hermann Park Dr. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
Fri., April 19, 8:15 p.m., 2013

 
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