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 […]

Remnants of Colonization and Whiteness – Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud: DFS (2017)

 The dance floor burns red-hot when Jamaican dancehall clashes with European ballet in this new piece by the dazzling dream team, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. Musically speaking, the Kingston sounds distilled from reggae fuse with the magic of English Renaissance madrigals […] -Excerpt from the program note DFS is a proposition of intercultural exchange, appearing […]

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 […]