Work Up 2.4: Gabrielle Revlock, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance, and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject
Gabrielle Revlock, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance, and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject
Work Up 2.4
Gabrielle Revlock, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance,
and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject
Friday, April 22 – Saturday, April 23
8:00 pm in Studio C
I replaced him with a lamp
The movement material for this solo was extracted from an accidental video recording of myself receiving verbal feedback from an older, established, male artist. In my line of gaze (where he was) I have placed an object. Shifting focus away from the content of the exchange (the text) and the significant other (him) I have isolated the new content that is my solo—the nervous gestures, searching gaze, feminine posture. Underlining the repeated movement motifs with a repetitive sound score, my subconscious movements become both a structure and a portrait of gender and status.
Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance
It is a wave with mass, or a mass with wave. If I tickle you here, you feel it there tomorrow. In its measure you will modify. Like this we turn in, and around. You feel it from across time, and back at us you bounce. There are these other people that I don’t know, but you know, and so by knowing you, I know you knowing them. I’m itching with this, and I’d like you to pay attention.
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject
[of color] is a part of a continuous investigation and collaboration with multiple black millennial artists exploring America’s inconsistent dialogue between the Africanist aesthetic and its Eurocentric counterpart. Pulling from the constant presence of dual existence within America, the work explores the idea of twoness within the black community and its relation to generational depletion of personal culture. Pushing the limits of what should be said aloud as a black artist, [of color] unapologetically speaks on racial non acceptance, systematic oppression, and what it feels like to realize you are young, trapped, and colored in America.
[Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance. Shot by Victoria Masters]
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