Celebration of Women: International Human Rights Art Festival
Moving Spirits, Inc / Oxana Chi / Christiane Emmanuel / Loretta Fois
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN
A Dance Evening Curated by Oxana Chi & Layla Zami, Co-Curators of Dance
MOVING SPIRITS: “!” is a click of the tongue used in the African diaspora to express resistance, disagreement or disapproval. This performance honors the integrity, strength and ongoing influences of those we lost, through a lively mix of West African, African-American, Afro-Brazilian and European dance forms.
CHRISTIANE EMMANUEL: Lumina...one day is a powerful dance solo tribute to the courageous Caribbean woman Lumina Sophie, and also known as Surprise, who was called the “flame” of the 1870 revolt on the island of Martinique.
OXANA CHI & LAYLA ZAMI: Killjoy is a lecture-performance inspired by the French artist-activist Claude Cahun (1894-1954), and her partner Marcel Moore. Oxana Chi performs a graceful and avant-garde solo blending ballet, hip hop dance theater and Afro-German expressionist dance to comment on human rights in the 20th and 21st century. Layla Zami introduces the piece with a presentation, spoken words and a breeze of saxophone.
LORETTA D. FOIS: With only the clothes on our backs (dance-theater) explores immigration rhetoric and policies in the United States throughout history, juxtaposing it with the work of Hildegard von Bingen, a medieval composer whose work hinges on mercy and acceptance.
The evening is presented is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter Pratt.
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