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‘Intergalactic Soul’ jumps to next phase at Spirit Square
Production at Duke Energy Theater
 
Published Monday, February 17, 2020 9:00 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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“Intergalactic Soul” is more than an art show.


Artists Marcus Kiser, Jason Woodberry and Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers present the next phase of the project with a production at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square Feb. 20-29. The pay-what-you-can night is Feb. 19. The rendition explores what happens when two graphic designers and a poet take a show from their traditional museum space to a black-box theater.


“I take the visuals that Marcus and Jason do, and create the actual storyline and narrative for the characters within the show,” Talley said. “Basically it’s taking the pictures off the wall and onto the stage in a musical performance.”


“Intergalactic Soul” has been featured locally at cultural institutions like the Harvey B. Gantt Center the McColl Center, and the artists have taken it to cities such as Miami and Portland. Through Afrofuturism, they illustrate American turmoil through a galaxy far away. Social and political issues represent the show’s underlying themes. Talley’s spoken word accompanied by a live band presents a combination of funk, jazz and soul sounds as interpretation of Kiser and Woodberry’s work. Talley is accompanied by Courtney Gibson on bass, Curtis Hayes (keys), Stefan Kallander (guitar) and Jesse Williams on drums.


“We have never done a full run of the show,” Talley said. “It’s been mostly workshop productions here and there. This is the next level of the development of the full show. The biggest difference here is that, of course we have a full band, but also, we’re in a theater this time. Usually we’re in a museum. You are immersed in the world of outer space when you are actually in a black-box theater and lighting.”

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