Week 2: July 18-20 Leslie Parker and Jonathan van Arneman
in collaboration with dramaturg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Inspired by Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ book spill: scenes of black feminist fugitivity and Octavia Butler’s Wildseed, this group work incites memories of (self) love, feminist theory, and worlds derived of individual inner/outer realities. This reflection is a response to desire, mysticism, and the invisible, and cultivates a holistic approach to dance and to encourage healing from past trauma(s). Rooted in transformative energy that illuminates liberation and joy, the work experiments through conversations on rebellion, revolt and defiance in our past histories while it testifies to the range of complexities that women inhabit across various ethnicities today.
Jonathan van Arneman
in collaboration with choreographer, Peace Madimutsa
Inspired by these lyrics, Atlantis 13 is a beacon of Black hope imagining Black bodies from thirteen different tribes, summoned to found an underwater utopia. It is a reimagination of a whitewashed history where Black bodies share in a common knowledge of self and use this to find and create peace even in the worst of circumstances. It is a nod to our resilience and a foreshadowing of the paradigm shift that is sure to come.