A Book of Poetry Comes to Life Through Original Music, Film and Dance Thresh & Hold: A Collaborative Ceremony

The music

When: March 13, 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Or: Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Authorized ages: All ages

Cost: Free

Castle of our Skins, Boston’s concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating black art, welcomes Shirley Graham du Bois Creative in Residence and South Carolina poet Marlanda Dekine to Boston for an evening multimedia experience centered around their forthcoming first comprehensive poetry collection, Thresh & Hold (Hub City Press, 2022). The program, also called Thresh & Hold, will air both live and in person, at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Winner of the 2021 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize, Marlanda Dekine is a “mind-driven poet obsessed with ancestry, memory and the process of staying in one’s own body”. Their work takes forms such as audio projects, poems and workshops, exploring concepts such as memory, landscape and shared history. Thresh & Hold is a dynamic extension of these themes being, like Marlanda Dekine’s sharing of the live performance, a “book of poems recoded into a collaborative ceremony of composed music and improvisation, dance, poetry and short film “.

Launching in the 2020-2021 season, the Shirley Graham du Bois Creative in Residence program is an annual call open to creatives from any discipline designed to provide a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration and artistic showcase. “We support this program,” note initial funders Arlene and Larry Dunn, “because it expands the necessary and important work that Castle of our Skins does to celebrate and stimulate black art, and Shirley Graham Du Bois embodies the extent of black art and its impact on the world.

Collaborating artists involved with Thresh & Hold include dancer Victoria Lynn Awkward of VLA Dance, South Carolina filmmaker Mahkia Greene, North Carolina composer Brittany J. Green and Cuban pianist Zahili Gonzalez Zamora.

Tickets for the live, in-person experience are PAY-WHAT-YOU-LIKE and can be reserved online at https://bit.ly/3va0kCp.

Thresh & Hold is co-sponsored by the Boston Center for the Arts where Castle of our Skins is a Launchpad resident. Supported, in part, by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through a CIP Project Grant; a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture; and the Fromm Music Foundation.

Born out of a desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a Black arts institution that centers Black music, culture and history through people, programming and partnerships. From classrooms to concert halls and beyond, Castle of our Skins invites exploration of black heritage and culture, highlighting both unsung and famous figures from the past and present. For more information, visit www.castleskins.org.

By Ashleigh Gordon Artistic/Executive Director and Viola Player | Castle of our skins