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Kyle Marshall Choreography Performance, “Onyx” and “Alice”

April 8, 2023 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Free


Grace Street Theater
934 W. Grace St.
Richmond, VA, 23284
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Kyle Marshall Choreography, as part of the VCU Dance guest artist in residence program, will be performing two works, Onyx and Alice, at the Grace Street Theatre. The performance will take place on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the performance are now available to be reserved.

During the 2022-2023 41st Season, the creative residency with Kyle Marshall has been made possible in part by grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Onyx digs into the origins of “Rock and Roll” revealing the Black and Brown people whose sounds, performances and personalities created this revolutionary genre. Through the setting of improvisational scores, character embodiment, and flowing phrase work, Onyx reflects on the fame, influence, appropriation and erasure that riddles the legacy of so many Black and Brown artists. Through this embodiment of history, Onyx serves to recognize and celebrate these groundbreaking musicians while widening our perspective of the Black American cultural experience.

Onyx is co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Creative Residencies Program made possible by the Mellon Foundation and American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works. Additional support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT Grant. Initial research was supported by a 2021 Caroline A. Hearst Choreography Fellowship from Princeton University. Gratitude goes to the Monira Foundation at MANA Contemporary and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for generous residency time to build the work.

Choreographer: Kyle Marshall
Performers: Bree Breeden, Cayleen Del Rosario, Niara Hardister, Kyle Marshall, and Nik Owens
Sound Design: Kwami Winfield
Music Samples: “Get Down With It” Little Richard; “Hounddog” Big Mama Thorton; “Freakin’ Out” DEATH
MUA, Hair + Costume Design: Edo Tastic
Costume Construction: Meagan Woods
Lighting Design: Itohan Edoloyi


Performed by Bree Breeden, Alice depicts a spiritual journey to love and self acceptance guided by the transcendent music of Alice Contrane. This solo is dedicated to all who are on the verge of transformation. It is in darkness, that we see the light.

Alice was supported by a residency at Bethany Arts Community. This dance is inspired by Edo Tastic, who’s love for Alice Coltrane and Art is life-changing.

Choreography: Kyle Marshall
Performer: Bree Breeden
Music: Alice Coltrane, “The Sun,” “Shivaya,” “Wisdom Eye”
Costume Design, Hair and MUA: Edo Tastic
Lighting Design: Itohan Edoloyi