The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

Kourtnie Aileru (DM 17) “A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce”

February 17, 2017 - February 26, 2017

A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present, where over one thousand people are killed by the police every year, told from the perspective of one of the victims of the State. whose death inspired protest, riots, and the formation of a black billionaire super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color including a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, and a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence. Is there therapy for society? Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed? Or does it all need to burn and be rebuilt with altered intention?

This original world premiere is the first full length play by locally renowned slam poet, rapper, MC, and activist Vatic Kuumba, in collaboration with director / choreographer Ronald Kevin Lewis, and visual artists D.S Kinsel, Funmilayo Alieru, Ryan Alves, and Alex Ruiz, amongst others.  The cast of A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce includes Christopher Johnson, Yemi Owojori-Omisore, Esteban Coronado, Muggs Fogarty, Marshal Gilson, Pheonyx Williams, Becky Bass, Elyssa Perez, Brian Folan, and Delbert Collins.

A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce is the second full production to be incubated by AS220’s Community Live Arts Residency Initiative. As part of the residency, Kuumba and his collaborators have been staging “Ice Cream Social Justice” events at arts organizations throughout Providence, including School One, New Urban Arts, UCAP Middle School, PRYSM, and AS220 Youth.

This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission is free for RISD and Brown students.