Shift (Ayanna Woods) – The Crossing

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

The world premiere of Shift, commissioned by Thomas Kasdorf for The Crossing Votes: 2020.

The Crossing Votes: 2020
a pre-election project of four new films
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music and words by Ayanna Woods

Why do we build monuments in stone?
Stone is brittle. When it cracks, it cuts to your churning core, America.
Tectonic plates collide; you shift in your seat.

I want a monument we imagine and reimagine and reimagine—
A monument we grasp and heave and bend in a long arc
bursting through the cracks in the story you tell, America.

film by Four/Ten Media
audio by Paul Vazquez