a contemporary performance series taking place in and around Detroit in 2020

Assemblage is yearlong experimental performance series created by The Hinterlands presenting internationally-recognized theatre and dance to audiences in Detroit, while linking Detroit performing artists into national networks and conversations around cutting edge contemporary performance-making. Funded through support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is conducted in partnership between The Hinterlands, University Musical Society, Detroit Public Theatre, and Jennifer Harge/Harge Dance Stories.


Double Edge Theatre

Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro

Co-Presented by Detroit Public Theatre

April 2-5, 2020: The Jam Handy Building

Leonora & Alejandro brings to life the art and writings of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky through Double Edge Theatre's signature style of highly physical and visually stunning theatre. Conceived by master director Stacy Klein, this dream-like performance blends images and texts from Carrington and Jodorowsky's work with a gripping live-score by Russian composer Alexander Bakshi to explore the borders between madness and magic and reveals the power of the imagination.


Double Edge Leonora y Alejandro photo by Dave Weiland.JPG

Double Edge Theatre’s Leonora & Alejandro: La maga y el maestro (photo by Dave Weiland)


Jaamil Kosoko


Summer/fall, 2020; Location TBA

Chameleon is a performance project created by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko that examines the shapeshifting, illegible, and fugitive realities of Black diasporan people. Using live feed and augmented reality media with complexity theory (the study of adaptive survivalist strategies inside complex networks or environments) as a choreographic device, this work explores how minoritarian communities record & affirm their existence to subvert culturally charged fields of systemic oppression, loss, and erasure.


Penny Godboldo and Karen Prall

A Newly Commissioned Work

Co-presented by Harge Dance Stories

Fall 2020

To celebrate the rich history of dance in Detroit, The Hinterlands in partnership with Jennifer Harge/Harge Dance Stories will commission a new work from two pillars in the Detroit dance community, Penny Godboldo and Karen Prall - two choreographers who have made an enormous impact on Detroit dance through their work as teachers and mentors; this commission will highlight the vitality of their choreography and place it in context of African American choreographic traditions.