Arts & Context: Breaking the Thermometer
Arts & Context
A Conversation with Leyla McCalla, Kiyoko McCrae & Laura Wagner
Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla, director Kiyoko McCrae, and dramaturg Laura Wagner join Duke professor Laurent Dubois for a wide-ranging discussion of their new multidisciplinary project, Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever, which explores the legacy of Radio Haiti and the political assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000. Breaking the Thermometer, commissioned by Duke Performances, will have its world premiere in the von der Heyden Studio Theater in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center on Wednesday, March 4 – Friday, March 6. Tickets and info available HERE.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. Arts & Context is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, The Pinhook, and Pie Pushers. Duke Performances is the lead commissioner of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever. Co-commissioners include the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and MDC Live Arts – Miami Dade College. Development residency support and space provided by the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is made possible, in part, with a grant from the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; a grant from New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; and a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, MDC Live Arts – Miami Dade College, and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to the Human Rights and Radio Haiti archives at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University for serving as the research site and partner on Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever, and to the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.
Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant,…...Read More
Kiyoko McCrae is a theater maker, filmmaker, and musician. She is currently developing Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever with Leyla McCalla, commissioned by Duke Performances. She recently co-directed Landscape with Figures with Andrew Ondrejcak for its regional premiere at Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. She co-directed and co-wrote…...Read More
Laura Wagner is the Project Archivist for the Radio Haiti Archives. She joined the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University in 2015. She has a PhD in Anthropology from UNC. Her interests include Haiti, literary fiction and nonfiction, humanitarianism, human rights, and social justice. Bio Jan 2020...Read More
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...Read More