Jazz festival cancels show with white performers as black slaves
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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