The Blind Ambition of Miss Columbia
The Blind Ambition… is based on original songs by Bruce Benedict that critique the historical ideology of Manifest Destiny. This piece raises questions about collective cultural identity & memory. When white American popular art and culture romanticize the past, how do we own the truths of a damning history? Benedict’s story and character songs based on late 19th and early 20th century American blind ambition offer a somber meditation on an often over glorified “golden age”.
Photos by Anaïs Felt (2015)
The first public performances of The Blind Ambition… happened in Grand Rapids, MI September 26th – October 4th, 2015, featuring choreography and performance by Angie Yetzke and Pj Maske.
(more songs to come soon.)