Apollo Music

Resistance and Healing: Engaging The Ring Shout


First practiced by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and in the United States, a Shout (or Ring Shout) is an ecstatic, transcendent ritual in which worshipers move in a circle while stomping, shuffling, and clapping to open a space to collectively grieve, awaken joy as a source of liberation, and find love as a form of resistance.

 Explore the historic origins and significance of the Ring Shout with a panel of experts and the creative team members from The Gathering, and then move outside to participate in the storied ritual. This program will be taking place on the Apollo’s Soundstage.

A community engagement program co-presented by the Apollo Theater, the American Composers Orchestra, and National Black Theatre in support of The Gathering.

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Apollo Community Programs are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council Member Mark Levine.

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