Jason Moran - The Harlem Hellfighters

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

A multi-dimensioned reflection on the impact of the African-American presence in Europe in the closing years of WW1, and its resonance both in Europe and in the USA over the following century, devised by composer/visual artist Jason Moran with contributions from film-maker John Akomfrah, and visual materials from cinematographer Bradford Young.

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    James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin, Serious and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and from the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany.