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Napoleon Maddox mines his great-grandaunts’ experience (CityBeat)

Posted February 22, 2017 in

"Maddox's 'Twice the First Time,' an intensely personal project that combines song, dance, film, poetry and speculative fiction, is making its world premiere at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Napoleon Maddox, the socially conscious frontman of the Hip Hop group IsWhat?!, does everything with passion and thought. But he’s giving at least double his usual effort to Twice the First Time, an intensely personal project that makes its world premiere Wednesday night at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Maddox’s multimedia piece, part of CAC’s Black Box Performance Series, retells the story of his great-grandaunts Millie-Christine McKoy, conjoined twins who were born into slavery in 1851 in North Carolina. (Although there is an alternative spelling of their names, Maddox prefers the one used here.) First sold to a showman before they were a year old, and later kidnapped, the sisters became known as 'The Eighth Wonder of the World' and 'The Two-Headed Nightingale' while touring the United States and Europe as a circus act."

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