The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Beyond Words series at the University of British Columbia presents the Vancouver premiere of Blackbird, Fly. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Blackbird, Fly is a provocative, yet uplifting, duet featuring charismatic spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and cutting-edge violinist and composer, Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR).

2. Joesph began his career on Broadway, and has since flourished in the world of literary performance. He received the US Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2007, and in the same year was named “America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Science” by Smithsonian magazine, gracing the journal’s cover.

3. DBR is a classically trained violinist known for bending genres, and incorporates a multitude of electronic and urban music influences into his works. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones and Lady Gaga.

4. Blackbird, Fly interweaves movement, narrative, Haitian folklore, and hip hop as the two discover their mutual Haitian cultural identities.

5. Blackbird, Fly is a wonderful opportunity for audiences to examine themes of immigration, tolerance, and inclusion while inspiring faith in the potential of art to affect change.

Blackbird, Fly plays at the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver) on Friday, September 25. Visit for tickets and information.