DreamBoundFree: A Ritual Performance Meditation on Freedom

DreamBoundFree Series


Sheena Johnson/Rebel Home Dance’s most recent performance series DreamBoundFree explores the question: Within the context of this political moment of  #blacklivesmatter, #icantbreathe and #iamsandrabland, what futures are truly possible for black folks in these lands?


 ARTIST STATEMENT: 


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We be the people of exodus,
Where do we put our collective sorrow and heartbreak?”

-Church of Remembering and Rebirth 
Book I. Dream Bound Free

“We be the people of exodus,
What does freedom look, feel, taste like?”

-Church of Remembering and Rebirth
Book I. Dream Bound Free

“We be the people of exodus,
What futures are possible for us in these lands?

-Church of Remembering and Rebirth
Book I. Dream Bound Free

Vocalization rooted in the black spiritual and soul tradition has become an integral part of this performance series and ritual. It is about vocally claiming our future, though we haven’t seen it, we must have faith, and we must claim that freedom is on its way… 

Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom,I am singing and praying with my mind stayed on freedom –Black Spiritual

 Freedom is mine 
It is a new dawn, new day, new life, for me….and I am feeling good
- Nina Simone 

I am determined to walk in freedom yes I am, Through all trials tribulations, I am determined, I am determined to walk in freedom yes I am 
– Black Spiritual

How do we communicate our humanity to those content with our blood being shed?  What are the ties that bind? How do hold to heart MLK’s heed:

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; we are bound together in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 


PRESS: 

Truth is Political: Dance Makers Discuss Art & Activism, Marie Tollon, ODC Staff Writer--- https://thetripledogdare.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/truth-is-political-dance-makers-discuss-art-and-activism-at-odc-by-marie-tollon/  

PAST WORK IN PROGRESS & UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

 West Wave Festival 24, Nina Haft’s Nature Serve @ Z Space (Sept 2015), Solo


 
ODC Pilot & SF Trolley Dances @ Mural near Palou & 3rd, Bayview, SF (Oct 2015), Ensemble featuring the incredibly beautiful humans and artists: Olivia Eng, Stephanie Hewett, Marshall Trammell & Nzinga Woods + recorded thoughts on freedom from the brave and talented girls from Girls 2000








 
SPF9 & Mary Armentrout present new site specific body-based performance installations @ ODC Mott Studios & intersection of 17th and Shotwell (July 2016), Solo in collaboration with the stunning Chris Evans & delightful Mary Armentrout


















DreamBoundFree Evening Length Performance Coming in 2017- SJRH Celebrates 10 Years!