Up Against Nothing
A dance about dancing / a dance about being.
Identity formation is in large part a mimetic response to one's environment and social stimuli. We learn to be black queers by consuming and failing to replicate the bodies, gestures, and performances of those queers and black folk we (di)sidentify with. This piece is as much about our selves as our audiences, and often there is little to distinguish the two.
Iterations of this performance spanned close to two years and involved dancers/performance-makers Brontez Purnell, Shawnrey Notto, Sheena Johnson, and Dante Baylor. Generous support provided by CounterPULSE, Dancers Group, The National Queer Arts Festival, the Congress on Research in Dance, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.