The Dance Enthusiasts Social Distance Dance Video Series: André M. Zachery/ Renegade Performance Group's "Just Past and Beyond"
Responding to the Inablity to Connect With Our Elders
Just Past and Beyond is a dance film responding to not being able to physically connect with our elders, who play a vital role in our communities as holders of knowledge and builders of legacy. As much as we need their guidance in our lives, they need to see our passion and possibility. Not being able to connect with them during this time hurts us all.
This film also addresses the harsh truth and reality in the crisis of COVID19 - that Black communities are facing higher infections and death rates due to structural inequities. Fighting through this crisis will be a testament and tribute to the family, friends, elders and cultural leaders we have lost.
Honoring those who have become ancestors is a sacred tradition that must be carried out even in the midst of our current struggle.
Title: Just Past and Beyond
Director + Choreography + Editing: André M. Zachery
Performer: Candace Thompson-Zachery
Music: Bill Withers, The Fugees
1. How are you? How is your family?
I am doing well and gratefully healthy. My family is also doing well, and I am especially worried about my father who has not missed a day of work at UPS. However, a great-uncle in Chicago did contract and recover from a bout with COVID19 so with all this, things are good.
2. How are you communicating with friends and family during this stay -at -thome period?
3. What gives you joy and/or what are you grateful for right now?
4. What are you doing about "moving" and "nutrition"? How do you stay in physical, mental, spiritual shape?
5. Is there anything, in particular, you would like to share with your colleagues, your audience, and our readers?
I would ask that we all understand and accept that we are not all equally impacted and affected by this crisis.
Yet there is not evading this virus or wishing it will disappear without addressing and dismantling that inequality in every aspect of our lives and actions.
Those who are heavily impacted such as Black, Latinx and Native American and immigrant communities will not be silent or make things convenient to return to any society except one where we are consciously engaged about ensuring health and medical care for all persons, not just citizens, protecting our climate and natural resources, and confronting oppression and discrimination that exists overtly and covertly with an emphasis on persons' humanity and capabilities to be used for the betterment of all rather a select few.