The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist

The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist

An opera, a participatory action, a community ritual.

Rooted in seven poetic movements and the driving musicality of an inventive score, this bold, activist opera invites audiences to rise up against the theft of Black breath, to meditate on our shared humanity and to join in the agency of shared resistance. The experience starts with an invitation to get involved, then takes you into a music action—beamed directly from the performance hall to your home—and offers you the tools to stay in the movement.

In Development
Co-commissioned with Stanford Live

Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts, Virginia and James Giddens 1959 Fund, Herbert Levine 1937 Fund, James C. Hampton '76 Fund and the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Creative Team and Performers

Vievee Francis
Enrico Riley
Visual artist
Shamell Bell
Social impact director
Seth Parker Woods
Music Director & Cellist
Greg Ward
Peter Nigrini
Designer, scenic & projections
Xavier Pierce
Designer, lights
Gabriel Berry
Designer, costumes