Department of Theater and Dance
Grinnell College, Iowa
TCS X LA MAMA MOVES 2017
TWO SHARED-EVENINGS CURATED BY ALEXIS CONVENTO
“They weren’t separate in their bodies, but also they are not separate in terms of struggles,”
-Angela Y. Davis, from “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”
Alexis Convento of the CURRENT SESSIONS brings together emerging women-identified performance artists and choreographers in two shared-evening bills, connecting each story to social identity, cultural memory, and embodied history.
PROGRAM #1: SUPER-CEREMONY
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9:30pm
Super-ceremony introduces the work of three artists developing their own diasporic reality as performative artifacts of survival and soft power. Artists are of Trinidadian, Puerto Rican, and Bosnian descent.
The Human Odyssey is a monthly performance and media art showcase. Human Odyssey explores the human connection between the performer and audience that challenges ideas of self-identity within movement practices or any other forms of disciplinary practices. These practices develop evidence that within an embodiment state one can trace these movements from a personal or textural experience (place) to map out a form of somatic practice.
- BOSNIANBORN *SHE IS A REFUGEE STAR* - Mersiha Mesihovic featuring Visnja Krzic & Ellen Maynard
BOSNIANBORN sparks flames that speak to the fight for individualized freedom, the fight to be able to be, and become the truest versions of ourselves, pressing against societal norms, institutionalized constructed behaviors, assigned roles based on gender. It is emotional, thought provoking, gritty, raw and also joyous and playful -James Brandon Lewis.
BOSNIANBORN *SHE IS A REFUGEE STAR* is a multi-disciplinary/dimensional approach to how community can transform oppressive structures in performance and politics into a liberated connection of diverse minds and bodies. With support of her collaborators mesihovic creates a space which is rooted in her experience as a refugee of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), as well as her experiences as an immigrant woman continuing to navigate Western society. She also explore concepts from EMBODIMENT, her self-developed somatic / movement research method within the work. BOSNIANBORN is more than a performance work, it is an environment void of fear where all its participants, artists and audience members alike, become active in the promotion of education and healing through inclusion.
- THRESHOLD - Jane Gabriels
Standing in that place of pause between worlds, listening for something that appeals a response. Sounds of horses running in the field. The ongoing rush of cars from a 10th floor window. A chair in the woods. The breath before singing. A discovery experiment.
- The Gilded Cage - Bryanna Bradley
the gilded cage is an analysis of the gaze(s) by Bryanna Bradley. the gilded cage: analysis of the gaze(s) will be a bricolage of academic writings, text messages, conversations as well as excerpts from buck: an exploration of black masculinity. These texts will interweave the personal and the historical instances of various gaze(s) on black bodies. Movements in this piece aim to explore the many nooks and crannies of “the gilded cage” of being black in society.
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MONs in March 2016