LIT | evening length
2 Programs | BLACK IRISH repertoire SHADE followed by the premiere LIT
BLACK IRISH premiere – January 20th @ 7:00pm | January 21st @ 4:00pm
Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Ave. Cary, NC 27511
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In 2018, BLACK IRISH presents the premiere of LIT!

You’ve heard it. You’ve said it. You’ve seen it and baby it’s the word of the year. It’s LIT. As BLACK IRISH goes into its Sixth season we look back at how we came into being and saw light for the first time. LIT explores how the world has evolved and identity has become ever more complex with technology and information being used for eyes, instead of our anatomical light receptors. If you were to glance, everything is the same and yet everything is completely and undeniably different in our collective world, but don’t worry. LIT is fun. LIT is bold. LIT is present and the enjoyment of the moment, so don’t be surprised if you get a contact high from the subtle influences of the thumping baseline like a pulse that speaks more clearly about the essence of life, than the skin you’re in. Light bulbs and that “AH-HAH” moment are laced in the performance material, so if you haven’t decided on that new years resolution get ready to be enLITened.

Support Local Arts and Support BLACK IRISH by getting your tickets to the premiere LIT, following the repertoire work SHADE. Yes, that’s TWO shows for the price of ONE and if you’re like us there is nothing as sweet as a good BOGO! You can click on either button above to start getting LIT in 2018.

Checkout the SHADE trailer (opening for LIT) :


Throwing ‘SHADE’ has become one of the most universally used slang phrases this season and in honor of that, BLACK IRISH intends to throw some massive SHADE!

BLACK IRISH will focus on several social scenarios that all people deal with on a regular basis, that SHADE could perhaps be thrown at figuratively and literally. The premiere will explore friendships, strangers, lovers, exes and those that we can’t see or touch, while the dancers and audience are immersed in a world of color, vibration, smell, sound and feeling. If one could smell color, hear color, feel color and see vibrations in color beyond just seeing the obvious, it’s SHADE, what would that experience be like? This neurological phenomenon is known as Synesthesia. We realize most people are not normally cognitively equipped with Synesthesia attributes, but by watching the BLACK IRISH debut each audience member will become a temporary Synesthete for the evening!

The music has been selected based on its’ ability to emote a specific weight, relationship or atmosphere and has been organized into 3 movements. The first movement is designed to emote SHADE on a gradation from dark to light and focuses on how the energy transitions in weight. The second movement is designed to emote SHADE of the color spectrum and its proximity to human relationships. While, the third movement is designed to emote SHADE specifically towards the synethesia effect, while focusing on how people of all different backgrounds or SHADES experience the show with all their senses, while hearing how a select few respond instantaneously to the atmospheric and visual environment that they are submerged within. Music for the third movement is composed and performed live by William Howard, Justin Mackey and David Lezcano of Citizen Shade.