1 Question, 18 Answers: The cast of Rashaad Newsome’s Shade Compositions

October 4, 2012  |  By
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[Today we have a twist on the usual 5 Questions interview: I asked the cast of Rashaad Newsome’s Shade Compositions each the same question. See the performance TONIGHT at 9pm in the museum’s Atrium! FREE with museum admission.]

Rashaad Newsome, hard at work on his favorite tool

What’s your favorite tool?

Rashaad Newsome: My computer

The cast of _Shade Compositions_

What’s your favorite tool?

Top row: Sam Zimman – my hands; Jerome Williams – phone; Vanessa Milton – creative ideas; Anastasia Bonaccorso – caffeine; Jean Franco – my imagination; Miatta Kawinzi – the alphabet.

Middle row: Alcian Lindo – my smile; Megan Kim – the internet and shoes; Golbon Eghtedari – my uniqueness; Reya Sehgal – 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang and an axe named Sweet Cakes; Mareni Orduna – my body; Tanisha Smith – my humor.

Front row: Ian Smith – God, diamonds, and men; Tiva Lee Samaru – my ability to transform my dreams into reality; Reneja’Net LaChapelle – Christ, my professionalism, and work ethic; Zenabu Abubakari – my nose.

Not pictured: Kiyan Williams – my feet.

Rashaad Newsome’s Shade Compositions is the finale Stage Presence performance. Check out videos of past performances and follow the series on Open Space.


  1. Scott Says:

    that performance was brilliant! kudos to you all!

  2. Cliff Says:

    I had no idea how many shades of shade exist in our earthly spectrum. Thank you all for your tools and your presence, it was mesmerizing, right up there with Reich and Glass and Adams and all those bitches.

  3. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    SHADE COMES FROM READING: http://antiintellect.wordpress.com/tag/shade/

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