The Baptism: A Tribute to John Lewis and C.T. Vivian



Written and Performed by
Carl Hancock Rux

Directed by
Carrie Mae Weems

Commissioned by
Lincoln Center


“The Baptism” recreates the Black body as the flower, as the field, as the seminal building blocks of life, even as architecture, as when Mr. Rux says, “Every being is a building with music — grace upon grace upon grace.”

Conceptually the piece feels like a cousin to Beyoncé’s recent visual poem, “Black Is King,” which also relished abstraction, drawing from sound and imagery and metaphor to define Blackness positively and holistically.”

-The NY Times


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