SLIPPAGE 2021 Fall Series: Kenneth Stewart – “It’s Always A Ways Away”

Saturday, August 28 at 8pm, the SLIPPAGE 2021 Fall Series presents a captivating music performance, “It’s Always A Ways Away.” A set of romantic, contemporary and traditional music curated and performed live by Kenneth D. Stewart. Adam Rose will be joining Kenneth on electric guitar and Mik Templeton on tenor saxophone. This show is an expression of gratitude for Prof. Thomas DeFrantz’s friendship and keen mentorship.

This evening concert experience will contain a 50 minute set of contemporary music of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from Quatuor Pour le Fin du Temp, selections from Daniel Asia’s ‘Guitar Set’, Nigerian composer, Joshua Uzoigwe’s “Ukom” from Talking Drums presented alongside traditional American music and fragments of pieces from romantic composers Leoš Janáček and Francisco Tárrega.

The show places older music into contemporary settings and shrouds the contemporary pieces with familiar elements and voices. The concert is a collection of short pieces, improvisations and sound-art works.  Alongside the evening’s pieces are lights, projected images, sounds and stories that swerve across memory lanes. The show celebrates the past and prepares for the change of the future.



All events will be in the SLIPPAGE lab, Room 202, Rubenstein Arts Center.  All events are free and open to the public.  There will be capacity limits and masking protocols. For more information email:

  • Dance Party Friday, August 27 | 8-10pm
  • Music Performance: Kenneth Stewart: “It’s Always a Ways Away” Saturday, August 28 | 8pm
  • Film Screening: Leslie Cunningham: Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Sunday, August 29 | 3pm
  • Artist Residency Presentation: Melanie Greene: Sapphire Universe – back home Friday, September 17 | 1pm
  • Dance Party Friday, September 24 | 8-10 pm
  • Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Research Presentations: Dancing the African Diaspora: Justice Perspectives (featuring Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown & Dr. John Perpener) Saturday, October 2 |11am
  • Live Podcast: Catch That!: The Evolution of R&B; The R&B Representers (Lamont Stanfield & Alise Leslie); Saturday October 9 | 8
  • SLIPPAGE Performances: The Talking Dance Series Friday, October 29 |12pm & 7pm
    • 12pm – I am black [you have to be willing to not know]
    • 7 pm – White Privilege
  • Dance Party Friday October 29 | 8-10pm
  • SLIPPAGE Performances: The Talking Dance Series Saturday, October 30
    • 12pm – I am black [you have to be willing to not know]
    • 7 pm – White Privilege
  • SLIPPAGE Work in Progress: re-orientations 
    • Friday, November 5 | 8 pm
    • Saturday, November 6 | 8pm
  • Artist Presentation: Santron Freeman: “Roots to Rising: A Feature Dancer with the Story of a Feature Film” Monday, November 8 | 1 pm
  • Dance Party Friday, November 26 | 8-10pm
  • Bass Project Showing: Visualizing Housing Inequality Thursday, Dec 2 – Sat Dec 4
    • Thurs 7pm,
    • Fri 12pm & 7pm,
    • Sat 12pm & 7pm

These events are sponsored by SLIPPAGE, the Duke Dance Program, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke.