Jazz festival cancels show with white performers as black slaves

Jazz festival cancels show with white performers as black slaves

New York Post·2018-07-06 14:40

The Montreal International Jazz Festival decided to cancel the controversial stage show “SLAV,” which featured white performers dressed as cotton pickers and poor field workers singing African-American slave songs.

The New York Times reported the production, by Quebec theater director Robert Lepage, premiered last week but immediately sparked backlash.

The show was described as a “theatrical odyssey” inspired by “traditional African-American slave and work songs.” It featured a nearly all-white cast including its star, Betty Bonifassi, along with Lepage.

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