For the opening of the new exhibit “Chicago Disability Activism, Arts and Design: 1970’s to Today” at Gallery400, Friday September 14 from 6:30pm -7:30pm, i will perform “from here to there. Archive from my evolving lived experience navigating physical disability will also be on display. proud to be in this exhibition with other disability identified artists, activists and designers.
i’m performing a new explorative performance – “wha(i)le” – as part of Nocturne 2018 in Halifax on October 13 from 6pm – midnight (with intervals of rest) at the Maritime Museum , thoughtfully curated by Raven Davis.
taking a moment to take in/look at various thoughts shared via facebook and email of those who witnessed the world premiere of what the body knows : a dance suite of two solos and a duet. here’s one in particular, reflecting on various moments within the solo “ele’fant” and duet “carry”:
“To make a new world, we need to create new aesthetics. Barak Adé Soleil is making a new aesthetic, and it is the most destabilizing thing I have ever seen. This is more than a remix of existing body politics; beyond addressing the oppression and hegemony of current race, disability, gender, and sexuality behavior/discourse, his work is opening a door to a new way of being human in our crazy world. He eats the poisoned apple from our hands and regurgitates the pieces for us to see. He crawls the floor with the force of a freight train and ploughs through our psyches. He slams his body against the walls, and the walls shake. After “what the body knows,” someone asked me where do we go from here? ANYWHERE WE WANT.”
– Mary Wu
more reflections to come from what the body knows and other presentations this year…