World Premiere | CAC Commission
One Giant Step is a performance that uses the melody of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” as a constraining and liberating force. Channeling the spirit of Nina Simone and her close friend Lorraine Hansberry, performers step through a series of conversations, tutorials, exercises, and musical tasks that lead them, dramatically, to a place of knowing and understanding in real time. With performers and sculptural props dispersed throughout the house, the performance is experienced by the audience as practice and revelation rather than presentation.
This performance contains flashing/strobing lights. Persons with light sensitivity, please keep this in mind.
April 6, 4 p.m. | April 7-8, 8 p.m. | April 9-10, 4 p.m.
Location: CAC, 5th Floor
lighting consultant: Tuce Yasak movement consultant: Leslie Cuyjet technical director: Byron Hutchins lighting technician: Spencer Burton production assistant: Julian Jaffe studio manager: Amanda Aponte costumes: Cassandra Bromfield
Special Thanks to our mothers Regina Todd Weakley and Phylis McCallum
STEFFANI JEMISON was born in Berkeley, California and raised in CIncinnati, Ohio. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and special projects at JOAN Los Angeles (2022), Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati (2021), the Everson Museum (2021), the Stedelijk Museum (2019), Nottingham Contemporary (2018), Jeu de Paume and CAPC Bordeaux (both 2017), MoMA, New York (2015), RISD Museum, Providence (2015), and LAXART, Los Angeles (2013) among others. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Guggenheim Museum (2021), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2019), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2019), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017). Her work is in numerous public collections, including the Hirschorn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and others. Jemison currently lives and works in Brooklyn and is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
JUSTIN HICKS is a Drama Desk-nominated singer-songwriter and sound artist. He’s worked with notable artists such as Abigail DeVille, Kaneza Schaal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Hilton Als, Bill T. Jones, Andrea Miller, and Lynsey Peisinger. His work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (NY), The Public (NY), Baryshnikov Art Center (NY), Festival steirischer herbst (Graz, AT), and The Albertinum Museum (Dresden, DE). Most recently he was the composer for Lynn Nottage's latest play Clyde's on Broadway. Hicks was a member of Kara Walker’s 6-8 Months Space and holds a culinary diploma from ICE in New York City.
JADE HICKS is a vocalist and songwriter who has toured internationally with the Broadway show Rent, Queen Esther Marrow and The Harlem Gospel Singers. Jade works closely with Meshel Ndegeocello as a writer, vocalist, and arranger and was featured in visual artist Steffani Jemison’s Promise Machine (MoMA 2015). Jade is a member of The HawtPlates with Justin Hicks and Kenita Miller-Hicks.
KAYLA UPTHEGROVE is a tenor saxophonist and vocalist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. Kayla has worked with numerous artists in the greater Cincinnati area including The Nasti Nati Brass Band, Laurie Jane and the 45s, La Formula Big Band, and Mickey James and the Queen City Crew among others. After two years working in Nashville TN, Kayla has recently returned to Cincinnati where she is continuing to pursue a career as a music educator, composer, and performer.