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premiering 2023

SUPERCELL is an evening-length multidisciplinary quintet performance, responding to climate change, media sensationalism, desensitization, & environmental collapse. The title refers to supercells, large storms of deep, persistent updrafts often resulting in many tornadoes. While supercells are terrifying, ominous, and harbingers of great damage, they are simultaneously breathtaking environmental events when witnessed from afar. The effect is similar to sensationalist media, instantly amplifying catastrophic events for an insatiable public consumption.

SUPERCELL serves as part 2 in a trilogy of slowdanger works, alongside “VLX” (pt. 1, 2018) and “empathy machine” (pt. 3, 2019). The work will premier in person in 2023 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

directed by: 

taylor knight  | anna thompson

SUPERCELL collaborating artists:
Jasmine Hearn |  | Nile Harris

kira shiina

SUPERCELL design collaborators:

advisory committee:

michelle king | Nathan Darity | Jennifer Roberts


SUPERCELL project is supported by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Opportunity Fund.

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