Artistic Director Cameron McKinney of Kizuna Dance says:
"We're adapting to these crazy times, and...We're Still Making Art"
DANCING IN THE PARKWe have been workshopping material for new movement studies through invited sessions in the park! Check out a phrase developed in Brooklyn's own Prospect Park with some members of our dance community:
"This Moment" by Stefanie Batten Bland
Artist Statement by Stefanie Batten Bland
"This Moment" is an ongoing work and process between choreographic artist Stefanie Batten Bland and installation artist Conrad Quesen. Filmed respecting COVID distancing, the transparent use of PVC interrogates questions surrounding the definitions of safe space, indoor/outdoor, and the weight relationships of oppression.
This Moment by Stefanie Batten Bland, Installation Artist: Conrad Quesen, Installation Assistant: Anthony Quesen, Musical Composition: Grant Cutler, Collaborative Performers: Yeman Brown, Jennifer Payán, SBB.
A message from Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley
When we first worked together on “The Runaway” for NYCB in 2018, an instant bond was created. There was a synergy of shared experiences and shared narratives. And although our pathways and audiences may differ, we share a united sense of a weighted experience that holds our history and our art form alike.
This collaboration aims to celebrate our queerness and our color in a way that hopefully stresses its importance, its fragility, and its strength. We dance, and create dances for those who have yet to see themselves on a stage. We dance, and create dances for our community and beyond. We dance, and create dances to nourish our souls. We make dances to reflect, to ask, to heal.
We want to honor the lives of those who we have lost due to the color of their skin or their identity. May they remain close to our hearts and at the forefront of our actions as we continue to create, reflect, and dance. For the both of us, we commemorate our history….in PRIDE.
Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley
Brice Mouset of Mouset/OUI DANSE says: "Regardless of how contained or isolated we feel, dance opens windows to escape, to feel free, to breathe and to connect.
Thanks to all the dancers from my virtual classes "Dance From Home" for being passionate and creative in this project."
Here are two: VIMEO #1 & VIMEO #2
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."