Triskelion Arts presents Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s "846," a retelling of "Rite of Spring"
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s 846 is a retelling of Rite of Spring. Stravinsky’s 1913 score depicts rituals celebrating the advent of spring, after which a young girl is chosen as a sacrificial victim and dances herself to death.
Jamal Jackson Dance Company's Rite of Spring will ask two important questions. Why must our nation rely on the sacrifice of black bodies to survive? Are you comfortable with a vastly different looking America, if we stopped sacrificing black people to maintain it?
846 is a piece centered around centering voices and viewpoints that have historically been pushed to the margins. This work will bring different audiences together to examine the ideas of success and sacrifice and use dance to explore the gaps in equity that we, as a nation, are just starting to unpack.
Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) was founded with the purpose of fusing various Traditional African dance styles with Modern techniques and diverse contemporary music styles to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures.
The company’s work has been presented at venues including: Mark Morris Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, NYC Summerstage Concert Series, DanceNow Festival, Triskelion Arts, Battery Downtown Dance Festival, Brown University, the Brooklyn Museum, Equality Now’s 20th Anniversary, Big Range Festival in Austin, TX, The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, NY, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pitt., GSUSA National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden, 92nd street Y, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Photos by Rebecca Oviatt
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