This semester we revisited photoshop. I made this collage of Black dance influences that I have encountered so far this semester. I am doing research on Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bebe Miller, and Blondell Cummings. I have also been able to see Renegade performance group, Ailey II, and Dance Theater of Harlem. This semester has … Continue reading Photoshop Project
One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching the Nutcracker ballet. I performed in it a lot when I was younger and I love the music. I just found the Balanchine version with the New York City Ballet on Netflix and have not focused at all. The grace and talent exhibited by the dancers is … Continue reading CanI get a non-racist nutcracker?
Tesseract was a complete amalgamation of dance and media, investigating new relationships between movement, film, live capture video, and science fiction. The most poignant moment for me was near the end of the second act, one dancer emerged from behind the screen and performed a solo with clear acknowledgement of the audience. This solo was … Continue reading Tesseract
Something I am really struggling with right now is re-learning how to write. Most of my undergrad was spent taking Journalism classes. In those classes there was no room for your own voice. The goal was to remain as objective as possible. (I mean we all know there is always bias but we tried.) The … Continue reading Monkey See, Monkey Do
Bill T. Jones occupies a small pool of light and treats it as spatial barrier. Rhythm is continuously present through Jones’s breath, voice, and body percussion. He begins the solo with marching and chanting, which allude to the US military; in addition, he speaks other phrases commonly used in the black community. Jones juxtaposes a … Continue reading Untitled Marching Dance
Transmission The concept of transmission is complex. I see transmission as the passing of information from one body to another. When speaking about transmission in this dance context, I am referring to the sharing of an embodied practice. Dance has been theorized as an essential component of culture. Therefore, by using the term transmission, many … Continue reading Transmission
Untamed Space by André M. Zachery was a wonderful celebration of black performance. Zachary’s work is strongly influenced by the theory of Afrofuturism. Soyica Diggs Colbert’s chapter “Black Movements: Flying Africans in Spaceships” clearly intertwines with Zachery’s work. She states, “The category of black movement brings together studies of migration and performance in order to … Continue reading Untamed Space