New Work: Mourning to Morning

Don't miss my one-time performance in response to Ernest Jolly's window installation site Natural Reaction with music by Chris Evans.
Evening will also include performances by multimedia artist and cellist Chris Evans and Bay Area Dance Company andanco entitled Aftermath. 

The details are below: 

Date: Friday, June 17,  8:30pm
Location: 155 Grove Street, SFAC Window Installation Site with a reception following the performance at the SFAC Main Gallery in the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Ave

The SFAC Gallery presents an evening of music, dance and art in a unique San Francisco setting. Under the early evening sky, we’ll gather on the sidewalk outside Bay Area artist Ernest Jolly's installation, Natural Reaction, in front of the SFAC Gallery Window Installation Site. Jolly has created an environment that incorporates elements such as water, wind, sound and light, and is inspired by a post- natural disaster sliver of shoreline. This moody and reflective installation is the perfect setting for a performative engagement.

MORE ABOUT Mourning to Morning
In this solo performance piece I am strongly influenced by the themes set forth by Natural Reaction in terms of environmental and urban industrial decay. I found myself as a dance artist thinking a lot about the decay of our bodies in the modern era (the prevalence of chronic disease and cancer for example) and about how the black female body relates and intersects with ideas of environmental and industrial decay. This took me directly to the image of the maid/mammy figure and its historical position within patriarchal white supremacist capitalist production. As this figure is very complex I used it as a jumping off point and the performance piece unfolds from there. Lastly, when I first thought about ideas of collapse, decay and erosion I was struck by an immense sense of mourning and to honor that I included original recordings of the black lesbian warrior poet Audre Lorde who died of cancer in 1992 to frame the performance, part of recording is from when she was close to her transition out of this life.