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Adrienne Torf and Voices of the Revolution performing Torf’s and June Jordan’s “Collaboration”

Friday, November 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm


Friday, November 10, 2023 @ 10:00 pm


Edgewood United Church

Adrienne Torf and Voices of the Revolution performing Torf's and June Jordan's "Collaboration"

A powerful, local performance poetry troupe teams with pianist Adrienne Torf to recreate her classic work, "Collaboration." Co-sponsored with the East Lansing Women in the Arts Festival.

This performance will bring together the moving poetry of the late June Jordan, the piano and compositional artistry of Adrienne Torf, and the powerful spoken word of Lansing’s own Voices of the Revolution. Special guests Rose Jangmi Cooper and Shelia Burks will add vocal alchemy to the performance. This is the first time that a selection of Jordan and Torf’s collaborative works will be performed in this format — a program honoring June Jordan’s legacy, including performances of the collaborative works along with poems by Jordan and other poets.

Tracks from Jordan and Torf’s Collaboration: Selected Works 1988-2000 written and recorded by Jordan and Torf and released in 2003 will be featured. The poetry performed is for an adult audience. The content includes images of misogyny, racism, violence, and other intersections of oppression.

Adrienne Torf

Adrienne Torf

Adrienne Torf is a composer and pianist. Her piano and synthesizer work appear on three solos albums, one in collaboration with her artistic collaborator, the great African American poet, essayist, and activist June Jordan, and more than a dozen commercial releases by other artists. Recent projects include the Theater Alliance / IN Series Washington DC, production of “Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience” which was awarded the 2023 Helen Hayes Theater Award for “Outstanding New Play or Musical Adaptation,” and the September 2022 Sedona, AZ production of Torf’s original ensemble piece for instruments and spoken word, “The Awesome Difficult Work of Love.”

Listen to the original album here:


Voices of the Revolution

Voices of the Revolution is an eclectic collective of feminist voices telling truth through spoken word. Based in Lansing, Michigan, they perform in libraries, community centers, art galleries, or wherever they’re invited. Their work features their own poetry as well as poets such as Pat Parker and June Jordan. Formed in 2018, their collaboration is based on love and respect that goes back decades. The group includes Kim Griffin, Susan Harris, Laurie Hollinger, Tari Muñiz, Lisa Sarno, and Ruelaine Stokes. This performance also features singers Rose Jangmi Cooper and Shelia Burks.

Online ticket sales will stop at 5pm the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, starting at 6:30 pm.
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Friday, November 10, 2023
7:30 pm 10:00 pm
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Edgewood United Church
469 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
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