2015 Dancing While Black Performance Lab
What practices constitute Caribbean dance? In what ways has Caribbean dance been recognized and acknowledged - within and outside the geocultural region? Is there a Caribbean embodied archive? How does dance, as a field of study, define Caribbean diasporic movement?
New Waves! 2015 invites proposals from choreographers, dancers and performance artists to submit proposals for the DANCING WHILE BLACK PERFORMANCE LAB. Co-curated by New Waves! Director, Makeda Thomas and Paloma McGregor, Director of Dancing While Black, this experimental, multi-performance, interdisciplinary environment will feature dance and performances in the yard of and on stage at Port of Spain’s Big Black Box.
The New Waves! 2015 Dancing While Black Performance Lab is a manifestation of the New Waves! Commission Project, which has offered a presenting platform for dance artists in the Caribbean since 2012. We welcome proposals from dance and performance artists working in the Caribbean and those throughout its diaspora whose work is grounded in Caribbean aesthetics. In a riff off “Dance a yard before yuh dance abroad”, we will also explore how Caribbean dance artists create and perform work in the international landscape and how a new generation of cultural producers is transforming the ways the region is imagined and represented.
Performance themes could include:
- The Body as Home
- Spaces, Objects, The Body as containers of memory
- Hybridity, Authenticity & Otherness
- Water, land and spirit
- What is Black? Proximity to Blackness
- Identity and community making
- Gender and sexuality
- Colonialism, nationalism, citizenship and commodification
- Caribbean dance and mediated technologies
- Statement of how your work connects with theme(s) for this year’s Performance Lab.
- Explanation of how your practice has engaged with site and space, including ways you envision that practice living in a multi-performance setting during New Waves!
- A link to a work sample - 5 minutes or less - that demonstrates your aesthetic leanings, with a 150-word or less statement about how the work is connected to your proposal.
Confirmations: February 27, 2015
Submit a proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions to: email@example.com
Registration must be paid by May 15, 2015. Additional details are available at http://makedathomas.org/institute.newwaves. Additional Information
The participant fee for the DANCING WHILE BLACK PERFORMANCE LAB is $500 USD, which covers production, all local transportation and offers access to all New Waves! programs and course offerings. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, 29 July - Artists Arrive/New Waves! Institute
Thursday, 30 July - New Waves! Institute/Performance LAB Technical Rehearsal
Friday, 31 July - New Waves! Institute/Dancing While Black PERFORMANCE
Saturday, 1 August - Emancipation Day
Sunday, 2 August - Artists/New Waves! Institute departs
Since 2012, Dancing While Black has supported dialogue, documentation, process and performance for Black dance artists living and working in the U.S. context. What carries over, strips away, shifts, amplifies when the context for presenting these platforms is a place where Black culture is the dominant culture? For the NEW WAVES! 2015 DANCING WHILE BLACK PERFORMANCE LAB, DWB founder, Caribbean-born Paloma McGregor, is interested in the way context plays a role in cultural production among people of color whose aesthetics are connected to Caribbean identity. Selected participants will be asked to submit a brief statement after the experience that helps to illuminate the myriad experiences that will emerge. These statements will be considered for publication in the forthcoming journal Dancing While Black: In Our Own Words.