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A play on the Ghanaian proverb "the head and the load are the troubles of the neck," this large-scale work expressively speaks to the nearly two million African porters and carriers used by the British, French, and Germans who bore the brunt of the casualties during the First World War in Africa, and the historical significance of this story as yet left largely untold. This processional musical journey — as much an installation as a performance piece — melds performances by orchestra collective the Knights and an international ensemble cast of singers, dancers, and performers accompanied by a chorus of mechanized gramophones alongside multiple film projections and shadow play to create a landscape of immense proportion and imagination that uses the vast sweep of the Park Avenue Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall to upend standard notions of scale.

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