Public Performance: Shaun Leonardo

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Booth Library Quad, Charleston IL

Tarble Arts Center presents:

Public performance, "The Eulogy" with artist, Shaun Leonardo. Talking Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man novel as its starting point, artist Shaun Leonardo delivers a powerful eulogy about police violence in the United States, with the musical accompaniment by members of the Eastern Illinois University marching band.

As Leonardo performs the speech given by the novel’s nameless narrator, the musicians perform a routine that mimics and punctuates the impact of his speech—interweaving the artist’s words with choreographed moments of confusion and disorder. These words serve as a memorial, a rejection, a challenge, and call to action, all at once.

The piece will be conducted in memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin… and countless others.

Appropriate funeral attire is encouraged.