Upcoming Events & Performances.
In the coming weeks, Alluvium Theatre will continue to stage online events and performances over Zoom. These presentations and voice dances aim to echo the “alluvium” of interactions, encounters, and observations from 120 days spent along the Mississippi River. Over thousands of hours, a precious experience unfolded, and is now held in the body of many people, in the lives of a diverse population along the Mississippi River. We hope you will join us for any and all of these moments of reflection and reconnection.
1pm, Thursday, September 17, 2020
LANDSCAPE | Where does the South begin?
From the widening river to the sight of unique crawfish roadkill, the question of where does the South begin stayed with us for quite a while traveling downriver from Minnesota to Louisiana. Flags, monuments, and reenactments paved the way through Kentucky and Tennessee, but even in Elsberry, Missouri the drawl became thicker and breakfast was served with grits.
COMMUNITY | Imprisonment
Prisons are everywhere, especially in the more rural spaces of Middle America, but the history of imprisonment—as well as its manifestations in modern life—run deep in our socioeconomic structures and historical biases. There are those that keep us safe, and those that keep others down.
VOICE | Chris and Isaac Gordon
Veterans, parents and owners of the Go Getaway Bed and Breakfast in Munford, Tennessee. Voices gathered from overnight and into the morning on September 20 and 21, 2019 at the bed and breakfast.
2pm, Thursday, September 17, 2020
VOICE | Robby Tidwell
Park Manager of Fort Pillow Historic State Park and overall champion for Lauderdale County. Voice gathered over the course of two days, from September 17 to 18 in both Ripley, TN and at the park several miles closer to the Mississippi River.
VOICE | Graydon Swisher
Conservationist and historian, actively engaged with issues such as the MRT, Second Chickasaw Bluff, and at large the Lower Mississippi River Conservation. Voice gathered at the A-Frame and across the bluff along the river in Western Tennessee near Randolph on September 20, 2019.
1pm, Thursday, September 24, 2020
LANDSCAPE | Crossings
A bridge is often seen as connecting two places, but in many instances along the river, bridges divide. Crossing over these bridges, the landscape tells the story of time-worn communities struggling with a conflicting history.
COMMUNITY | Family
Gathering around a table, squeezing in a pew, living on the same block—these are the vocabulary of family, a constant refrain and priority up and down the river valley.
VOICE | Raymond Willie
Assistant Director of the historic Pillow-Thompson House and long time hospitality worker. Voice gathered on the morning of September 28, 2019 during a tour of the historic home in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.
2pm, Thursday, September 24, 2020
VOICE | Solon Anthony
Patriarch of the Anthony family and the Anthonyville community, as well as owner of the Anthony Funeral Home operation. Voice gathered on the afternoon of September 24 in his home in Anthonyville, AR.
ENCOUNTER | Bobby Cupples
Life-long cotton picker with a deep connection to the land and the pure, white cotton fields in which he's spent so many years. Voice gathered on the afternoon of September 25, 2019 in his John Deere cotton picker in a cotton field in Hughes, AR.
VOICE | Shane Williams
Director of the Main Street Program and overall fascinating personality. Voice gathered throughout the afternoon and into the evening on September 29, 2019 in Helena-West Helena, AR.
1pm, Thursday, October 1, 2020
LANDSCAPE | Delta
It begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Delta region's rich cultural heritage parallels a dark history that continues to shape the landscape today.
COMMUNITY | Education
Education in the Mississippi Delta ranks near the bottom of our country, but smart, unique, and ambitious young leaders are taking it one child at a time. There's a movement afoot.
VOICE | Kinchen "Bubba" O'Keefe
Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism Director and native son. Voice gathered on the morning of September 30, 2019 on a tour of the City of Clarksdale.
2pm, Thursday, October 1, 2020
ENCOUNTER | Kamron & Mariano
Two young men new to the Freedom Project House, eager to set their sights for college and learning. Voices encountered on the afternoon of October 1, 2019 at the Freedom Project House in Rosedale, MS.
VOICE | Anne Hammett
River-obsessed photographer and adventurer with an affinity for the sandy loam and the smell of defoliant. Voice gathered on the afternoon of October 3, 2019 in a very cold library anteroom in Greenville, MS.
1pm, Thursday, October 8, 2020
LANDSCAPE | Culture and History
The river is old, and people have been traveling the river, living along the river, and making homes along the river for a long time. History has been built into the landscape through landmarks, architecture, traditions, and tales.
COMMUNITY | Working River
The river flows all on its own, but man harnesses that power to move freight, create power, and redistribute natural resources. From river pilots to hydroelectric enginners, the river is being put to work.
VOICE | Louis Gueddon
Farmer and owner of Bluff Farm Supply and patriarch of the Mississippi bottoms. Voice gathered on the afternoon of October 10, 2019 from barn to field in Church Hill, Mississippi.
1pm, Thursday, October 15, 2020
LANDSCAPE | River Controls
Dams, levees and control structures constrain the natural rhythm of the river to bend it to human will. An engineering achievement on a massive scale, protecting farms and cities, regulating flow and providing reliable shipping corridors - but at what cost and for how long?
COMMUNITY | Race and Ethnicity
Where does the North end and the South begin? The river paints that picture in black and white, a tale of historic racial and ethnic divides that persists to this day.
VOICE | Anne Butler
Author and seventh generation owner of the Butler Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Voice gathered on the afternoon of October 17, 2019 sitting on the front porch.
1pm, Thursday, October 22, 2020
LANDSCAPE | The Mississippi Doesn't End In New Orleans
On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico sits the Crescent City . . . or does it? Journey another 100 miles south through Plaquemine's Parish to find out.
COMMUNITY | Emergency Response
Disasters happen everywhere, but emergencies happen on the Gulf Coast. It's there we encountered a community of emergency responders set into action by Tropical Storm Olga.
VOICE | Gregory Carroll
District 1 Councilman and fifth generation resident of Kenner, Louisiana as well as Director of Inmate Programs for the City of New Orleans. Voice gathered on the morning of October 26, 2019 at Heritage Hall.
1pm, Thursday, October 29, 2020
LANDSCAPE | Coastal Louisiana
A landscape that is more water than land. A ghost of land that once was, subsiding, holding fast to memories, icons, identity. A fringe that a people, its people, are holding onto—fighting with everything they've got.
COMMUNITY | Shared Threat
Will the levees hold? Will the waters rise? Can I plant this year? Will FEMA arrive? Is my house still standing? Up and down the river, different but the same, the river yeilds a shared threat on its people.
VOICE | Brenda Hymes
Justice of the Peace and proud mother and grandmother. Voice gathered on the morning of November 2, 2019 at her home in Port Sulfur, Louisiana.
1pm, Thursday, November 5, 2020
Throughout last summer's Relay and our recent Zoom Reunions, we've moved together down the great river from headwaters to mouth.
Through landscapes, communities and voices, we've listened and learned with you, sharing rituals, rhythms, and routines.
Let's gather again for a round of stories and conversation about the reasons we make the Mississippi River our home.
Check back soon for details, and register here to participate.