Black Success, Black Joy, and Black Excellence Within the Theatrical Architecture of Whiteness – jumatatu m. poe & Donte Beacham: Let ‘im Move You… (2018)

Let ‘im Move You is a series of choreographic works initiated in 2010 by jumatatu m. poe, Donete Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis. Currently spawning three pieces – A Study, This Is A Success, and Intervention – Let ‘im Move You researches into J-Sette performance, using its movement and its formal structure as a launchpad to investigate the intersection of blackness and […]

On Blackness – Ligia Lewis: minor matter (2016)

Blackness is certainly not an easy topic to write about, especially for an author who is not black himself. I have watched Ligia Lewis’ minor matter three times since January but I have been very hesitant to analyze it, because it is important for black writers and black activists to be at the center of the discourse […]

Anh Vo – Interbeing (2016)

Interbeing (2016) is my first evening-length work, which was presented by Production Workshop at Brown University last December. It is a piece built on eight dancers and non-dancers alike which is developed intensively over a long period of time, marking the first time that I truly immerse in a creative process. Interbeing: The suggested replacement word […]

Vision: A tool for Colonization of Dance?

I have been having this conversation about the relationship between vision, (concert) dance and colonization quite a few times over the past week or so, in the context of the West African dance class at Brown, of which I am currently a Teaching Assistant. Admittedly, this is not an easy conversation, because it demands me […]