Open Call: Nile Harris

AUG 9 – 10
A choreographed event, a symphony of low vibrations


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About this commission

minor b is a workshop production of a performance for four bodies that inquires about a minor black behavior that refuses capitalization and respectability. Nile Harris and his ensemble use the biography of jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden, who was making music at the turn of the 20th century and spent the majority of his life in a mental asylum, as a theoretical launching point to stage a series of discreet events rejecting and subverting what audiences expect to find in a black box theater. For Harris, the black box theater serves as a metaphor for containment. Playing with theatrical traditions which have sought an imposed neutrality, the work is, in part, a response to institutional constraints that resonate with the asylum where Bolden was confined.

Creative Team

This is a black-and-white headshot of Nile Harris. They pose against a dark background. They are wearing a baseball cap and a white button down shirt open over a tshirt.
Photo: Victor Jeffreys II.
Nile Harris
Nile Harris
Creator, Director, and Performer
Nile Harris (he/him) is a performer and director of live works of art. He has done a few things and hopes to do a few more, God willing.
Dyer Rhoads
Kwami Winfield
Sound Designer
Marie De Testa
Set Designer
Tony Jenkins


Jim Fletcher
Ley Gambucci
Nile Harris
Jonah Rollins
In The Works


minor b is commissioned by The Shed and presented in association with Ping Chong and Company. Development was made possible by Center for Performance Research, The Church in Sag Harbor, and 99 Canal.

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.

August 9 and 10
7:30 pm

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Thank you to our partners

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Additional support for Open Call is provided by The Wescustogo Foundation and 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, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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