The dynamic work is both reflective and timely, culminating the role of soccer in Joseph’s personal journey, and the sport as a precipitator of sociopolitical patterns. /peh-LO-tah/ appreciates soccer as a fixture of camaraderie, pride, and tradition across cultures. And yet, it is not innocent of exploitation. The work charges soccer with political, economic, and social significance. Themes of freedom and citizenship are surfaced through the lense of immigration. What is your place? What makes home, home? Joseph draws on his experiences as a child of Haitian immigrants, chronicles of his travels to World Cups in South Africa and Brazil, and his explosive hip-hop style. He equally appreciates conditions here in his own backyard, as the work is in tune to the pulse of Black Lives Matter, and responds to the movement.
At its core, the performance underlines the often overlooked relationship between sports and art.