Open Call: Emily Waters
About this commission
Creative Team and Cast
Healing, Transformation, Black Love & Liberation make my heart sing… Songs of praise to the Spirit World from which we came, and the Ancestors on whose shoulders we stand.
The past 12 years of Ratasha Elise’s life have been an exploration of redefining love, discovering what it means to be fully human, and learning/teaching what it means to embody liberation. She also embodies 17 years of training and experience as a teaching artist, experiential workshop facilitator, and cultural educator. She has spent the past eight years focused on healing justice facilitation and racial justice consulting, having trained and practiced in Oakland, CA, the Washington, D.C., metro area, and the rural outskirts of the Raleigh/Durham, NC, Triangle region. Areas of study and experience include personal and systemic transformation methods, music medicine, generative conflict resolution, trauma healing, Black psychology, African and African American history, West African ancestral spiritual practices, and generative somatics. chocolatesoul.org
Itohan Edoloyi, Lighting Design Coordinator
DJ Potts, Audio Design Coordinator
Erica Schnitzer, Stage Coordinator
Stefan Carrillo, Head Carpenter – McCourt
Stuart Burgess, Head Electrician – McCourt
Jim Van Bergen, Head Audio – McCourt
Adam Farquharson, Production Video
Sean Meehan, Assistant Video
Maytté Martinez, Lighting Programmer
Mike Diaz, Assistant Carpenter
Harry Platt, Monitor Engineer
Emily Waters would like to thank the entire creative team for their love, support, and commitment to this journey; Billie, Dimitrea Tokunbo, George Emilio Sanchez, Mercy Viola, Ratasha Elise, TJ, Seiami Kim Amoda and Shenny de los Angeles.
Big thank you to The Shed production team, Mount Tremper Arts, Black Revolutionary Theater Company, and Triskelion Arts. Emily extends infinite love to their Mama and Ms. D for their support throughout this process and beyond.
This piece is dedicated to Emily’s Grandma Vi.
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Location and dates
The Shed’s spaces are all wheelchair accessible. This event takes place in The McCourt.
Assistive listening is available on your smartphone over The Shed’s free Wi-Fi network via the free Listen Everywhere app. Devices will be available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk if you do not want to use your own smartphone.
Download the Listen Everywhere app before you arrive.
This performance will include ASL interpretation with Deaf interpreters coordinated and supported by a hearing interpreter (provided by Roxanna Aguilo and Brandon Kazen-Maddox).
To request live audio description, please email email@example.com or call (646) 455-3494 at least 10 days prior to the performance date.
To learn more about what to expect during your visit and the performance, please read these descriptions.
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What to Expect
Thank you for planning a visit to The Shed. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for Open Call. Currently, the entrance to our building is through The McCourt door on the east side of our building adjacent to the Hudson Yards Public Square. The McCourt is a large performance space created when The Shed’s shell, or movable roof, rolls out to cover the plaza on the east side of the building. You can access this entrance from 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, just one block north of 30th Street, or from the 34 St–Hudson Yards subway station between 10th and 11th Avenues.
As you arrive at The Shed, you will enter The McCourt through a wide, unobstructed entrance at the southeast corner of the building. It is close to the area where the High Line meets Hudson Yards at 30th Street. Most performances will take place in The McCourt. You will pass through this space to enter the rest of the building and access the Level 2 Gallery and The Tisch Skylights for the exhibition and other performances.
The shell of The McCourt is covered in a shiny, pillowy material, and its floor is level with the ground of the plaza. The Shed’s building, including The McCourt, is wheelchair accessible. You will scan your own ticket on your smartphone, with help if needed from a friendly visitor experience staff member standing nearby wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
Once you’re inside The McCourt you’re protected from the sun and weather but the space still feels open. The McCourt has 110-foot-high ceilings and feels airy with large wall panels lifted so the space remains open to the outdoors. You can feel the breeze and hear the activity on the plaza and on the streets in the distance, and light from the plaza and the Shops at Hudson Yards filters into the space after sunset.
The flooring in The McCourt is made of hard paving stones. They are in two shades of gray, and the lighter stones stretch across the east and west sides of The McCourt to form a large artwork by Lawrence Weiner that reads “In front of itself” in large letters. (This phrase is also the title of the work.) The letters on the east side of the space are partly covered by the Open Call stage so you can only partially read the phrase.
Seating in The McCourt is general admission, so you can choose from any available spot. The seats have armrests and thick cushions, and some are folding chairs that flip up as you stand up from them. If you would like help in finding a seat, a staff member at the entrance can guide you.
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- Running time: 60 minutes
Thank you to our partners
Additional support for Open Call is provided by Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.