Derived from the desire to reconnect with love once lost, Post Up builds a familiar world through movement and technology. From Post Up to Post Up In The House to Lit Variations, these works evolve as the series investigates concepts of ritual, order, and unification. Post is the completion of this journey where the beacon has finally been answered.
The series has incorporated works by various visual artists and systems engineers, developing digitally interactive experiences which offer our dancers an improvisation platform within an immersive virtual environment. Sourcing from an eclectic background, our sound design collaborators have created unique musical blends that flood out of speakers in an evocative array of frequencies.
The Post Up four-part series is revealed in the following iterations:
Post Up – Following multi-generational, uncensored conversations on love and personal diary entries that beg for the return of a deceased loved one, this work ignites the search for love lost. Premiered at The Goat Farm Arts Center in 2014.
Post Up in the House – First presented by the High Museum of Art in 2014, PUITH was performed as a visual installation within contemporary designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena’s Mi Casa, Your Casa exhibition. This work explored narrative reality, the delicate balance of sanity, and the private unseen prayers of searching hearts.
LIT Variations #1 – #10 – LIT Variations is a migration work that performed in 10 variations throughout the city of Atlanta in 2015. Each variation was reconfigured in staging, music scores and intentionality within choreography. This work investigated the trails and obstacles one takes to rediscover what once was.
Post – Through entangled aggressive movements and astonishingly tender moments, this final work brings to light the familiar complexities of reunification. Premieres March 2017 at Fort McPherson.
Mother/ Mutha - delves deep into the complexities of American history. Stripping away the veil of shame, Mother/ Mutha reveals the raw emotion and endurance of African women who were forced against their will to breed slaves. This work research literature of the courageous Harriet Jacobs, the sinister Willie Lynch, and the images of the audacious Kara Walker to reveal the unspoken pain and fortitude of the atrocious act of capitalism and power and the haunting affects on the families. This story, masterfully blended, thoroughly examines the origin of objectifying African American women, some known to us all, but seldom examined so vividly and honestly through the lens of dance.
JIG - Puzzle-lovers will sit for hours in front of a box of hundreds of pieces. When separate, the pieces have no meaning. But the puzzler will not rest until all the edges, angular or smooth, fit in a way that makes sense and the larger picture is understood.
JIG explores the puzzling effect of relationships; one cannot see at a glance whether an angle or a curve will match… but when they do, beauty is revealed. Through the juxtaposition of linear and curved movement (as well as energy, space, and time), JIG explores intimacy in all its brilliance and tragedy.
Shared - is a contemporary modern dance and visual installation. This work features a man and a woman in an uncloaked view of their relationship in the midst of despair and disrepair due to their outside affairs. Two mediums uniquely capture the story: a live action dance performance and video. As a silent tool (silent film style); the video exposes moments of their affairs in unison with the live dance performance. This duet is raw, filled with technical athleticism and honest emotions, while the video installation offers a chillingly revealing backdrop.
For Unmarried Girls Before They Wed - Founded from the untold truths that women experience in relationships with men. The parts of intimacy and love that mothers are hesitant to reveal to their daughters. In this contemporary dance work, three women along with six men embark upon a heartbreaking conversation. Set to Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek”(composer Reza Jacobs) six men inhabit the periphery of the stage space, acting as catalysts for the actions of the three women. The men sit still in throne chairs as the female dancers start the conversation through a balladry of unambiguous movements. The women share their experiences on dealing with the haze of “how to catch a man.” The dancers use drama and humor to alternately subdue and release their emotions on the subject. While each woman is unique, they endure similar heartaches; losing their strength of self, dealing with commitment, managing their expectations and dealing with the multitude of “frogs” that come before the prince. Ultimately, they find power and solace among each other, cultivating and embodying strength, sanity and independence
Off Main, Veer Left is based on PUSH, the brutal and redemptive novel by Sapphire. This work investigates the physical and emotional trauma of victims of sexual abuse. Going against the stigma of keeping abuse secret this piece goes off the main road and takes a turn towards revealing the truth. Though OFF MAIN, Veer Left is a dark, somber work, the fast-paced, guttural movement attempts to physicalize the emotions of the novel’s characters through both abstraction and literal movement. This piece is danced by 5 dancers and is set against a typical living room/den atmosphere.
Green Pasture - Light has origin.. turn a switch on and watch it play with matter and gravity. Light is radiant energy, transforming and swallowing empty space. “green pasture” takes the audience on a luminescent journey using the visceral and complex movements of T. Lang’s contemporary modern dance. Set to the music scores of Aphex Twin and Venetian Snares, “Green Pasture” forms an aura of constant, recycled natural light and heat and fills the environment with positive energy for all to enjoy.
HYPE is performed by four women and accompanied by a sound score of multiple television, radio, and news sound bytes; HYPE is a tongue-in-cheek look at the ways in which women misconstrue images of beauty and success. Falling prey to the influences of media in our society, three young women are caught in the perils of anorexic beauty, the mayhem of plastic surgery, and various late-night entanglements with random rich men who can’t see their inner worth. One lone woman, idolizing the media driven “success” of her compatriots, tries to follow in their footsteps only to discover that their shoes do not fit or feel genuine. Funny and physical, HYPE blends contemporary, modern, and jazz dance with witty sex appeal.
Why so BLuE Is based on an excerpt from Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuff,” this dance explores experiences within the squalor of African American ghettos. Why so BLuE uses raw physicality and a sincere vulnerable movement approach accompanied by Shange’s eloquent text. The young dancer portrays the heartfelt events of the mature speaker’s past life.