Eyewitness Blues (2003)

Eyewitness Blues (2003) HIDVL

This is a video documentation of Open Studio, a space that showcased different work in progress processes. In this rehearsal exploration, the topic of artistic creation’s crisis transverses the stage. ‘Blue Suite’ (aka ‘Eyewitness Blues’) is an affecting portrait of artists and the vibrant culture, traditions, and personal experience they bring to their work. When Junior, a hard-luck horn player prepares to play his instrument, his Duende appears and suddenly his life unfolds in a series of provocative vignettes told through a stirring mix of jazz, flamenco, blues and poetry. Led by his Duende, Junior is forced to confront his own mystery. Here, they battle to the death as Jazz idly argues its own existence. Utilizing García Lorca’s Flamenco Duende and summoning Miles Davis’ ‘Sketches of Spain,’ ‘Blue Suite’ takes us on an internal journey, where art lays at the balance as passion fades. This video documentation also features a Q&A with the audience.


icon Eyewitness Blues at New WORLD Theater Program (7.5 MB)


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/bk3j9npb

Additional Info

  • Title: Eyewitness Blues
  • Alternate Title: Blue suite
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:22:39
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 21 Jun 2003
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Mildred Ruiz, Steven Sapp, Carlos Pimentel, and Paul Thompson,performers.
  • Credits: Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp, writers; Talvin Wilks, director and dramaturg; Carlos Pimentel and Paul Thompson, music designers; Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp, choreographers
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