a black man.
a disabled black man.
two recent killings
that we know of
with more to come…
in the midst of this –
bridge bodies shoulders with another brotha
arms cross arms
this dance emerges
dropping to knees
falling towards the ground
holds that rock us
onto our backs
thighs cradle head
side to side
side by side
to momentary stillness.
pressed against each other
we roll up
our breaths are deep
with hands extended
ready to carry ourselves.
disabled black men
we keep movin.
#thisdanceisBlack #theseFolkwecarry #whathebodyknows
the art making doesn’t stop. in the midst of campaigning for what the body knows, an opportunity to collaborate is embraced. basking from the beauty of the act of art, in the art of experimentation with brilliant artists Nikki Patin and Mikel Patrick Avery in politics of space , curated by Demecina Beehn as the culmination to 2016 Chicago Home Theater Festival at Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative’s studio in the neighborhood of Greater Grand Crossing.
truly thankful for these moments:
this moment in the act of art. we three be. within community. making the unknown known.
this moment in the act of art. we find each other. tenderly. “who’s the table”. revealing truths.
the moment post performing. still savoring the act of art. candidly, we three creative folk be.
from left to right: Nikki Patin, Mikel Patrick Avery and me.
sometimes we are offered support. many times we need it. no shame.
thankful for the support of my dance partner Jerron Herman – in this above moment photographed by Nikki Bruce – and the folk who have supported what the body knows campaign thus far!
this choreographic project will premiere at Stony Island Arts Bank with FREE performances on October 28th and 29th.
the final phase needs more support. please join in the conversation surrounding the intersection of race and disability…embodied through what the body knows.
Black. and Disabled. and Dancing. We keep moving. together. through Art. in Community.
Nearly 1 in 5 folks in America have a disability. Intersect that recent statistic with the racializing that impacts us all, and we are in for a profound convergence. A powerful moment to recognize the strength within these communities through thoughtful discussions socially and creatively.
Join us in the deepening of this conversation. Please support this new work intersecting race and disability. A suite of solos and a duet illuminating how we move and are moved by others.
what the body knows campaign is LIVE.
*image of Jerron Herman and Barak by EyeAmNikkiB
my only niece
today & always
i celebrate you
all that you’ve become
all that you are
i celebrate the great woman you are destined to be
#InternationalWomensDay #Roots #BlackIsBold
#Roots #BlackFutureMonth #BlackIsBold