A Shared Evening: Keely Garfield Dance, Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown, Ni’Ja Whitson (Platform 2018) – Danspace Project
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A Shared Evening: Keely Garfield Dance, Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown, Ni’Ja Whitson (Platform 2018)

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Reggie Wilson has invited artists Keely GarfieldSame As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown, and Ni’Ja Whitson to share new work in response to the Platform. Each evening will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

“What can be expressed is simple. What cannot be expressed is most urgent. What if there are no words yet for what we are living through? Meaning accrues — intonation, accumulation of speed, diminishing space, hate speech, embodied listening, sublime utterance — who are we now?” Keely Garfield Dance presents Mandala, performed by Emma Rose Brown,  Keely GarfieldPaul HamiltonRaja Feather Kelly, and guest artists.

Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown present The Exciting Event…, a collaboration with an international cast of performers, Kristina Hay (Oslo, Norway) and Rahmus Rifical (Kingston, Jamaica). The collective will perform a fairytale through the visual and aural language of seven characters. A blending of history, personal experience, and the imagined, the work confronts the paradoxical representation of race in our culture.

Ni’Ja Whitson presents Oba Qween Baba King Baba — Excerpt One, performed by theNWA Project (Kirsten Flores-Davis  and Ni’Ja Whitson) and guests. Oba is a Yorùbá word for ruler, a genderless term that has come to be known as king. Oba Qween Baba King Baba explores non-binary occupations of rulers, queering sites of the parade, politics, the parisol, the processional, and the pulpit, to reexamine the embodiment/roles of father and king. Informed by personal narratives of queer and trans children of preachers, and designed to be witnessed from above — the site/sight line of God or the Father or the Slave — Oba Qween Baba King Baba ritualizes an interrogation into dynamics between father, masculinity, and power.