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Artists continue to develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a work-in-progress.

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Couple Thomasina Petrus and Charles Petrus, along with composer, Alex Shaw, are continuing to develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a work-in-progress.

Tracing Sacred Steps is an ensemble work, influenced by Ring Shout, but not an authentic recreation of a Ring Shout. Deneane Richburg, founder and artistic director of Brownbody, explains the work: "Ring Shout combined the movement and the circularity and the call-and-response that are all really, really important parts of different West African spiritual traditions, with that European-based manner of Christian worship. And so we have a lot of biblical references while you have a caller that might be calling a certain refrain or part of the song, and then you have the shouters, actually going in circles, in a counter-clockwise direction, responding."

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Art In This Present Moment

This project is part of Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation. We provided grants to 12 Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations to fund work by over 50 BIPOC artists who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

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