Choreography: Donald McKayle; Music: Traditional Chain Gang Songs
Performed April 2001 by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
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|A Program Note by Donald McKayle: A searing dramatic narrative, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder is set on a chaing gang in the American south where prisoners work, breaking rock from "can see to can't see." Their aspirations for freedom appear in the guise of a woman, first as a vision, then as a remembered sweetheart, mother, and wife. The songs that accompany their arduous labor are rich in polyphony and tell a bitter, sardonic, and tragic story.|
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