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RAKIA! Presents "Or, An Oral History" Summer Series

RAKIA! Presents "Or, An Oral History" Summer Series


Rakia Seaborn


Various locations
New York, NY


Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 3:00pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00pm



Rakia Seaborn


Or, An Oral History

Performance Dates: Saturday, May 14 at 3pm; Sunday, June 19th at 3:00pm and
Saturday, July 23rd at 3:00pm

Fluctuating somewhere between anger & the purest wonder lives truth – the unedited self – naked, brave & alone.

Dance artist Rakia Seaborn documented 2015 in movement, text and sound, compiling a years worth of material into a digital catalogue. On January 1, 2016, she began the Herculean task of reviewing the hours of footage and crafting a dance piece fever-dream.  Says Seaborn, “2015 was significant because I turned 30 and have never felt so in love with being alive. Simultaneously, the state of blackness is reason enough to be gunned down in the street. This dance is an examination of that juxtaposition, to be a fully-realized woman with the idea of death looming just above my head.” Presented as three themed performance parties, Or, An Oral History is an experimental novel of the body equal parts dance and post-modern literature.

Chapter One kicks off on  Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:00pm in a Bed-Stuy garden. Working in tandem with a select group of invitees and photographer-performer Ethan Baldwin, Seaborn creates a mixtape of movement in real-time. Chapter Two unfolds on a Manhattan rooftop on Sunday, June 19th at 3:00pm, as a collaboration with installation artist Sean Billy Kizy to build/dismantle a mirrored sculpture in the Empire State Building’s shadow. The reveal date for Chapter Three is Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm, with the location emailed to select guests a month before the performance (password at the door isglitter!).


RAKIA! Summer Series performance dates:

Saturday, May 14th(3pm), Sunday, June 19th(3pm) and Saturday, July 23rd at 3:00pm

May Location: The Garden at RAKIA! Headquarters, 306 Lewis Ave, Ground Floor Apt., Brooklyn, NY 11221

June Location: The Roof at Wulff House, 102 W 29th St, Apt. 3., New York, NY, 10001

July Location: Secret Locale, Details Forthcoming, Password: glitter!


Ticket information:

$10 suggested donation at the door and general seating

Go to rakiadances.com for more info!

About the Artist: A native of Detroit, MI, Rakia Seaborn, graduated from Oberlin College in 2007, earning a Bachelors of Art in Dance with a concentration in Choreography. In 2014, she earned an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. Seaborn has worked with Dianne McIntyre, Rashaun Mitchell, Jodi Melnick, Martha Bowers, Michael Cross Burke, Tyler Ashley and PMMDC. Her choreographic work has appeared at Dixon Place, La Mama etc., The Tank, The St. Lawrence Arts Center, The Bessie Schönberg Dance Theatre, Warner Hall, JACK Arts and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Seaborn is the Guest-Artist-In-Residence at Trinity/La Mama. She makes dances about women through a literary lens, to rewrite history, redefine the present and offer images of a more just future. 

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