A culmination of 4 years of research, POST, is a reflection on love, longing and reconciliation during and after the American Reconstruction Era. With the premiere of the 4th installment of the Post-Up series, T. Langs POST guides us through the aftermath of reunification. Visions of lost souls fighting for peace after years of searching, praying to be reunited with stolen loved ones. Bodies yearning to recover from vicious exploitation, from unbearable separation, from unjustified pain. T. Lang Dance unpacks movement patterns, exploring how systemic mistreatments have been woven into the fiber of ones being. Set inside an abandoned church, POST imagines a new space and time, an environment that stirs memories and agitates the spirit.
T. Lang began creating the first installment of the series after reading author Heather Andrea Williams, Help Me Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. This book reveals seldomly told American truths of newly freed citizens, using the technology of their day — a newspaper advertisement, to cleverly find their family members. Post Up premiered at The Goat Farm Arts Center in 2014. The second installment, Post Up in the House, presented at the High Museum’s Mi Casa Your Casa installation, sheds insight on intimate prayer– spells one would conjure to remain steadfast in their search. LIT Variations #1-11, the third installment, follows a trail of performances throughout the city of Atlanta signifying the somber joy of reconnection. After searching what feels like the entire solar system, POST, returns you back to your loved ones, only to reveal unresolved trauma, question the unfamiliar, and sit with the pain that unfolds in the aftermath.
POST runs March 9th – 25th at Fort McPherson. POST is in collaboration with visual artists George Long and David Baerwalde, lighting designer Andre Allen and dramaturge Michelle Hite. T. Lang Dance is Joshua Archibald, Jacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Indya Childs, Emma Lalor, Mandi B. Mpezo, and Scott Wheet.
This work is made possible by our generous supporters, MailChimp, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and Fulton County.