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Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Walter Carter. Photo by Ralph Lemon.^2 (the efflorescence of) Walter at The Kitchen. Photo by Rashida Bumbray.^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Eric Stone..^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

In 2005, Ralph Lemoncompleted The Geography Trilogy, a ten-year project that was a profound self-examination and a sustained inquiry into the social gravities of art, race and identity at the turn of the 21st century. The Trilogy developed a global performance and visual language that was simultaneously modern and traditional, East and West, light and dark, formal and free form. The three evening-length performances that made up The Geography Trilogy featured performers and collaborators from the U.S., Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, India, Japan, China and Taiwan.

The complete DVD archive of The Geography Trilogy was released in July 2007 in a beautifully designed package, with an essay by dramaturg Katherine Profeta and recordings of Geography (1997), Tree (2000) and Come home Charley Patton (2004).

Audiences for the live Geography Trilogy had to wait two to four years between performances-the time it took for Lemon's research trips and intensive rehearsals as he worked with collaborators to grapple with the impossible tasks he had assigned himself. Viewers of the DVD archive are luckier than live audiences in one respect: they can view all three parts in close succession.

For more information or to purchase a DVD set, please contact Sandra Garner, sandra@mappinternational.org or 646-602-9390.