34 35th St., Unit 26, Brooklyn, NY, 11232
Shade Compositions is a live performance featuring a a chorus of more than 25 Black women combining improvisatory orchestral music and live video-mixing. Rashaad divided the performers into groups akin to instrumental sections as they enact his choreographed sound score made up of repeated sequences of culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations. During the performance, he acts as the Conductor simultaneously recording, looping, editing, and remixing in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.