Network of Ensemble Theaters Awards Seed Grant to Complex Movements

Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is pleased to announce Complex Movements as a recipient of the pilot round of NET Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) Seed Grants for 2012. The purpose of the NET/TEN program is to share techniques, inspiration, expertise, and performance among ensembles in the United States. This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the NET/TEN grant, is supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For this grant, Invincible will visit Micha Cardenas and Patrisse Cullors, Los Angeles-based artists working on projects exploring community autonomy, violence, and mass incarceration. Cardenas and Cullors will also travel to Detroit to observe Invincible in the rehearsal room for Complex Movements. Both visits will include community learning circles and conversations over home-cooked meals.

Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed and hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, with creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia. Their multimedia performance installations, hand crafted songs and trans-genre experiments explore the relationship between complex science and social justice movements.

A national coalition of ensembles created by and for artists, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. NET links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and knowledge building and dissemination.

NET is committed to the advancement of the ensemble form and strives to bring about change in the world beyond ourselves through the transformative power of collaborative theater. NET supports bold artistic and civic experiments and aim to heighten the impact and excellence of ensemble theater.

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