LIT | evening length Tickets Available Soon!
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



You’ve heard it. You’ve said it. You’ve seen it and baby It’s the word of the year. It’s LIT.

I’ll start by saying this, slang in itself is LIT. LIT is slang. However once upon a time, one notoriously big man said “let there be LIT” and 20 years later I heard it. That’s a fairly long pause to hear the echo of a word that’s thrust from the hip scenes of an urban identity to hop up and replace every descriptive term that sums up everything amazing from outfits to food flavor profiles.

Confused? Don’t check your dictionary, you’re right. Lit means shown in light and being under the influence, but that was before. Now, almost everything is LIT, hype, turnt, mad, mean and so so cool, its Fire, but Fire is another story. Back to LIT though, In this age of enLITenment here’s all you need to know.

Here are your English LIT bit tips:
🔥💡🍾 👍🏿 🎉
Enjoy the show

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.