7 thoughts on “Nigga-Roo

  1. It’s irrelevant to me whether I “like” a show. I go to performances mostly to see and feel the world through another person’s experience. “Like” to me is the equivalent of nice aka non-challenging aka it didn’t make me uncomfortable.

    Dazie confronted us with moments that he and the other characters in Nigga-Roo experienced. So many moments from Nigga-Roo are still with me.

    Here are a few – Having your pronunciation and way of speaking “corrected” when it’s the language that is in your blood. Trying to communicate and describe things in a language that is not your own. Being from an oral culture. Hearing what people say to a light skin person that they would never say to a darker skinned person. You don’t seem black. I want to scream. White people borrowing blackness. Being told that there is a standard of beauty and not only will you never measure up to it- you’re not even being seen as anything but other. Daize washing off black face.

    Nigga-Roo reminded me of the difference between being in your head and trying to keep truth and pain at a distance and having someone right in front of you where you can not deny the truth of what they are sharing with you no matter how it makes you feel. Sometimes people don’t get their truth across because they are worried about hurting someone else’s feelings.

    Daize made it about him- not about us. What I mean by that is he was making sure we heard him and was not trying to take care of the audience.

    Dazie used a metaphor of lenses – who chose the lens and what a lens can or can not do – in Nigga-Roo he used a variety of close-up and wide angle lenses to make sure we saw what he was sharing with us from as many different angles as possible.

    This is another one of the SF Fringe shows that is worth seeing more than once.

  2. Congratulations on tour well deserved BEST OF FRINGE win! Such great work I had to come on here and say again how much I enjoyed it. It moved me in ways only true art can.

  3. Unfortunately, this piece missed the mark. While the content is full of raw powerful intent, the performance itself was distractingly poor and got in the way of what could have been an incredibly vital work of art. The pacing of the whole piece was confusing and lethargic. The performer himself was often inaudible and played many of the beats so preciously that they lost their power. And even though the reviews and word-of-mouth spoke of his technical difficulties from his opening night they still weren’t resolved by last Sunday’s performance. It was disappointing to have the execution get in the way of such an important message.

  4. Bravo! This show is the most avant garde performance art piece in the SF Fringe festival. It really is an entire category all its own. Nigga Roo is also the most stylized (and has the most tech cues, as Dazie himself noted after our applause.

    Dazie also has the strongest acting ability of everyone we saw in the Fringe this year — and we only went to shows that had gotten good revies. WIthout a doubt, Dazie can act rings around everyone else, portraying a very wide range of characters and situations.

    All told, the show gave us a lot to think about afterward, which is the sign of a truly superior theater experience. This is a must see!

  5. A truly amazing piece by a very talented and beautiful performer.
    If you haven’t decided to catch this show yet then drop your schedule and buy you ticket NOW.
    An important message and I only wish I had more time to talk with the artist after.

  6. The “technical difficulties” convinced me that this script was written for a different stage, but in the end, the passionate analysis and poetry of “Nigga-Roo” was right there, palpable for each of us. See it, think on it, stay in *this* conversation.

  7. I can not recomend this work by Dazié enough. The raw truthful heartfelt words live at the intersection of a life lived on the edge and center of one’s heart and soul.

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