November 08, 2012
Qadriyyah Shabazz: A Career Catching Fire
: Courtesy of the artist.
Seattle audiences will get the chance to see Cornish alum Qadriyyah Shabazz in multiple productions in the coming months, including three world premieres.
Qadriyyah Shabazz (TH ‘11) graduated in theater from Cornish only recently but she has made the transition from school to the professional world with a flourish. The proof? In just the next several months she will be seen onstage in no fewer than five productions. Their range is staggering: she’ll be seen in everything from a world premiere with the Dance Theatre of Harlem to her own solo show.
For the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem, Qadriyya will be appearing as Her in the world premiere of “Far But Close, A spoken Word Ballet,” with choreography by John Alleyne, text by Daniel Beaty and music by Daniel Bernard Roumain. The new work will appear with two other pieces, “Contested Space” and “Gloria.” The DTH is presented by STG at The Moore Theatre in Seattle, November 16 and 17, 2012 at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. More information.
Next up for Qadriyya is the world premiere of the Pacific Play Company’s The Woman In the Wall at Annex Theatre. The haunting mystery by playwright Daniel Tarker is set in motion when the bodies of a woman and an infant are found buried in the wall of a downtown apartment building. A local journalist, a recovering cancer patient, sets out to uncover the truth behind the deaths. Shabazz plays the role of Angela in the production under the direction of Morgan Ludlow. Shows are at 7:30 pm on November 30-December 15 and Monday, December 10th at Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike Street. More information.
On December 8, Qadriyya will take a different direction, featured in poetry compositions in “De Inga Y Mandinga.” An Afro- Peruvian Multimedia Tribute to Mixed Heritage, the work will be premiering at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in collaboration with The DE Cajon Project. Start time is 7:30 PM at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Avenue South. More information.
At the top of the new year, Shabazz will be playing Ruby Hollis in the one-woman touring show The Right to Dream in collaboration with Living Voices Theatre Company. The Right to Dream tells the compelling story of a young woman’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and ’60’s, witnessing the sacrifice in the struggle for civil rights. January and February, 2013. More information.
Finally, Qadriyyah’s full range may be on display in the work-in-progress “Combing Through My Kitchens,” a piece she both wrote and performs in. The solo show embraces the spoken word, poetry and dance. “Combing Through My Kitchens” takes the audience inside a dysfunctional love-hate relationship between BW and her nappy, kinky, curly hair. The show has progressed through readings this October at the Northwest African American Museum with the Mahogany Project . Shabazz hopes to produce the full piece at On The Boards’ Northwest New Works festival June 7 - 9 & 14 - 16, 2013.
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