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

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

Come home Charely Patton

Come home Charley Patton is the finale for the Geography trilogy, three books connected thematically by racial identity and the related dance projected choreographed by Ralph lemon. Come home Charley Patton is an imaginative memoir documenting the Civil Rights era and contemporary southern culture. Lemon’s research on the African American experience intertwines personal anecdotes and family remembrances with diaristic accounts of the making of a dance, as Lemon journeys the mythic roads of migration – visiting the sites of lynchings, following the paths of Civil Rights marches, and meeting the descendants of early blues musicians. It is a rich, transcendent text and a historically charged meditation on memory in America. The book is generously illustrated with family photos, original art and photos of the performance. Published by Wesleyan University Press, 2013

Tree: belief/culture/balance
Tree is the second installment in Ralph Lemon's critically acclaimed performance trilogy and documents his travels through India, Indonesia, China and Japan as he retraces Buddhism's migration map. More artistic sociologist than mere traveler, Lemon kept journals, sketched, collected ephemera, conducted informal interviews, and took photographs as he explored performance traditions and met the performers with whom he would eventually choreograph an evening-length work. In the process, he worked through his own preconceptions and misconceptions about the people and places he encountered. Tree: belief/culture/balance is richly structured, revealing a collision of cultural values pertaining to performance, race, identity, modernity and tradition. The book is exquisitely designed and lavishly illustrated to allow the reader to follow and interpret Lemon's observation and his creative process. Published by Wesleyan University Press (2004).

Geography: art/race/exile
Geography: art/race/exile
, a rich tapestry of journal entries, choreographic scores, drawings, and photographs, leads the reader through the creation of the evening-long dance work, a collaboration about being American, African, brown, black, blue black, male and artist. The intimate, keenly observed passages in Lemon's journal offer extraordinary insights on the process of dance-making-from the discovery of specific movements to the sometimes uneasy relationships between the dancers. At every juncture the collaboration posed difficult questions about representing African dance and culture within the context of modern America's post-slave heritage. The book beautifully documents Lemon's ability to negotiate different dance traditions without either erasing or cementing them. Published by Wesleyan University Press (2000).

This book is a synthesis of dance, photography and poetry-of kinetic energy, the documentary image, and the evocative use of words. The result of a collaboration between choreographer, photographer, and dancers, Persephone reexamines a dance by the same name originally created by Lemon for the stage in 1991. It features photographs by Philip Trager, poems by Eavan Boland and Rita Dove, and text by Lemon and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak. Published by Wesleyan University Press with the New England Foundation for the Arts (1996).

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