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Born at Duke Homestead featuring Birthing Bodies 

When: Fri., April 29, 7 p.m. and Sat., April 30, 8 a.m., 12 & 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, 12 and under free



Even with the best planning and modern medical care, childbirth and the early years of parenting are a major test. Now imagine it's 1856, the year young Artelia Duke gave birth to her second son, James, at Duke Homestead. Murmurations Dance artistic director Nicole Dagesse gave this assignment to herself—while she was in the midst of pregnancy and early motherhood—poet Jaki Shelton Green, and a group of local musicians, obstetricians, nurses, mothers, and daughters. The resulting multimedia performance, Birthing Bodies, combines music, poetry, and dance in a site-specific exploration of midwifery and home birth in North Carolina, in the buildings and on the grounds of the historic site, as a part of the Durham Independent Dance Artists season. —Byron Woods

DUKE HOMESTEAD, DURHAM Various times, $15,

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