Lamb: Cape graphic presented by The Kitchen at Abrons Art Center. Courtesy of Montez Press Radio.



On View: June 25-June 25, 2023

Abrons Art Center


8:00 pm

[Lamb]'s( major stage debut—co-directed by Ava Elizabeth Novak—follows five characters who encounter a mysterious portal door while living on an unnamed cape in the southernmost region of early 16th century Africa.

This performance is organized as part of The Kitchen x Montez Press Radio's 12-month Residency.

Cape is a muso-poetical play that follows five characters who live on an unnamed coastal landmass in the early 1500s. One day, a portal door materializes on the cape; the passageway allows one to instantly traverse thousands of miles of global distance. Braced against this new apprehension of the world, the characters—Lamb, the Lovers, the Cartographer, the Conductor, and the Voice—grapple with world-mapping, self-coordination, and relation in a suddenly global world.

Through sequences of live music performance, dance, poetry, and theatre, Lamb and Novak consider what kind of ontological reckonings indigenous lives on the cape undergo when their finistère (end of the earth) becomes a point of relay. Featuring an ensemble of Lamb (Dancer, Vocalist, Creator, Co-Writer, Composer, Choreogarpher), Dymon Samara (Dancer), Kyneijee Wubah (Dancer), AMANI (Keys, Vocalist), 13th Law (Guitar, Bass), and Jessica Howard (Vocalist), as well as Lara Lewison (Video & Projection Designer), My Melendez (Set Designer and Florist), ed-en (Costume Designer), Ava Elizabeth Novak (Co-Director, Co-Writer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer) and artwork by Tyler Cala.


R&B/soul music, contemporary dance, and ecofuturism comprise Lamb's artistic vision: where the visceral meets the cerebral; where the natural enacts the synthetic. The musician, composer, choreographer, and director explores Blackness as the break that might rupture our attachments to Worlds, territories, and Man. Steeped in the aesthetic, conceptual, and political tradition of modern Black thinkers before them, Lamb's thesis is this: in a world wrought through violence, to salvage some beauty from it is to seek truth within it. Notable works/recognition: Tribeca Film Festival Selection (LaJuné McMillian) [composer], Times Square Arts: Midnight Moment (McMillian) [dancer], FADER: "10 songs you need in your life," HEAR US Tisch Creative Research Award, Vans Channel 66 live performance, MUSE Danspace Residency.


Produced by Montez Press Radio and presented in partnership with The Kitchen.

Cape was supported by New Music USA’s Creator Fund with support in part from The Kitchen, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Cheswatyr Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, and the BMI Foundation. Support for New York-based artists is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and/or the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Support for the Creator Fund is also provided by contributions from the New Music USA endowment.