The man next to me must have had something with garlic for lunch. I've only arrived to this conclusion because he is mouth breathing throughout the entire show. Perhaps he is in awe or maybe I’m overthinking it. It could…
“Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery — what it all means… ”
— Martha Graham
Sapphire is a time traveling golden goddess moving through moments that police and celebrate the essence and experience of Black women in the United States. Told through an Afro-futuristic lens, this non-linear narrative displays humanity canvassed in an evolving constellation of identity. It pulsates through the objectified, the dehumanized, the powerful, and the magical. Sapphire is a reflection to see you and see through you...a vessel of celestial intimacy, love, ferocity, grief, and audacity.
Sapphire was developed, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC); Movement Research Artist in Residence Program; Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship; Dancing While Black Fellowship; Gibney Work Up program, and Actors Fund Summer Push Grant.
This dance work, in collaboration with visual artist Ian Trask, emerged during a residency at Marble House Project. Each spore represents a compacted collection of discarded material. This work is a conversation, a transformation, an unknown evolution of sorts. Not sure if we’re witnessing the end or a new beginning.
Rubble Phoenix was developed with support from Marble House Project Residency.
Taming the Amazon
Taming the Amazon is a movement conversation between myself and Brianna Taylor about female politics, power, race, and history. It is big and badass, not to mention thoughtfully modest. It is a collision of fairy tales, chanting sheroes, and talking tarts. We push against the veneer of respectability and usurp the intelligibility of dance with a thoroughbred academic distrust...think country cooking with a butter substitute. Our Aries fires burn bright...converging, separating, and meandering to build, deconstruct, orchestrate, and facilitate. We tether landscapes in movement, song, artifacts, music, and history...a mycelium of Southern country, New York girt, and Scandinavian roots.
Performing Okay is a solo that conjures a curious contradiction of meaning, quality, and intention. One colloquial phrase "I'm Okay" sits simultaneously within competing narratives to find truths my body is accustomed to hiding.
Performing Okay was created, in part, through support by New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Residency, and Gibney Dance Boo Koo Grant