Stories of refugees, immigrants, natives and descendants of slaves converge in Stomping Grounds, a world-premiere “hip-hopera”. They all have in common what brought them together: coffee grounds and sacred grounds.
We learn that chance meetings are really destiny; that life sometimes uproots us and plants us somewhere else. So we question: Whose ground do you stand on? What if you were asked to leave? To return? All good things come from the ground…all you have to do is stomp to reconnect.
Written entirely in verse, Stomping Grounds is about defining home in the deepest sense. Its story will emerge from the gentrification of a neighborhood, the disruption of sacred land and the fracturing of tradition and history by contemporary realities. The music will be performed with electronic accompaniment and piano.
Created by Paige Hernandez
Composer: Victor Simonson
Co Composer and Arranger: Annastasia Victory
Commissioned by the GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL
Best for Grades 6 and Up
60 Minutes – No Intermission