Meet me in Okemah: The Hanging Tree To The Iron Bars:an installation of sorts
Nia Love ( in a DTW Studio Series)
Inspired by the lynching of Laura Nelson and her Son in Okemah, OK on May 25, 1911, Love brings together a group of world renowned artists to create a multidimensional installation focused on “opening our eyes so we proceed forward with one another on this planet with and/or without pain”. Collaborators include filmmaker/documentarianRhonda Haynes, Jazz Musician Antoine Roney’s Africa Project trio, and the visual art work from artist/sculptor Ed Love.
The showings will take place at Dance Theater Workshop in the David R. White Studio, Jan 14 - 15 (Thursday - Friday) at 7:30pm. There will be a Post-Show Talk on January 15 (Friday). Tickets are free with a suggested donation of at the door. Tickets can be reserved in person at the box office or by calling (212) 924-0077. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from 5pm – 9pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12pm – 8pm. Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
About the Artist
An American Fulbright Fellow, Nia Love has worked in Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Mali, Japan, France, Colombia, Cuba and throughout the USA, collaborating with some of the most distinguished musicians in the world-Ornette Coleman, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Buster Williams-to further develop the interplay of improvisational music and dance. Nia has created over fifteen dance works, which have been presented in varied venues: the Royce Hall Theater, in Los Angeles; Theater Artaus, in San Francisco; the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington, DC; and throughout New York City- Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Dancing in the Streets, Aaron Davis Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Arts, Judson Church, and Wave Hill. She founded Blacksmith's Daughter in 1999 after the passing of her father, renowned visual artist Ed Love; using his traditions as a starting point, the company has, since its inception, performed dance, music, and art-based stories about diversity, life and death, and the power of communication through contemporary dance.