"We are not responsible for our oppression, but we must be responsible for our own liberation." Audre Lorde
We have work to do. Artists Taja Lindley and Brother(hood) Dance! - Ricarrdo Valentine and Orlando Hunter - share an evening of performance activating and conjuring the labor of liberation, healing and emancipation.
Taja Lindley will be performing a remixed excerpt of "The Bag Lady Manifesta" and screening her film "This Aint A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering."
Brother(hood) Dance! will be performing an excerpt of their multi-disciplinary meditation "Afro/Solo/Man."
Performances will be followed by a community conversation about our collective rituals to transform ourselves and our communities.
Doors open at 7pm.
Performances start at 7:30pm sharp.
The Bag Lady Manifesta (remixed excerpt)
Created and Performed by Taja Lindley
Projection design by Tristan Fuge
Headdress designed by Amber Ray & Taja Lindley
Costumes by Taja Lindley
Sound Design by Edson Sean
"This Ain't A Eulogy" Film
Performance by Taja Lindley
Written & Choreographed by Taja Lindley
Directed by Taja Lindley & Ellen Maynard
Cinematography by Ellen Maynard & Jim Tripp
Creative Direction by Daví
Lighting Design by Jim Tripp
Drone Operation & Sound by Owen O'Neil
Editing by Ellen Maynard
Music by Lolo Halman
Music Mixed and Mastered by Keith "Sweaty" Milgaten
Costume & Set Design by Taja Lindley
Produced by Taja Lindley
Music credits - Acid Blues, Burning Spears, Fountain Hues, Uncle Bill Ray, Laura Mvula, Death, Sizzla, Moses Sumney, LIFE (movie), Michael Smith, Tanzania farm workers, The Abyssinians, Burger King Commercial 1974
Costume credit - Brother(hood) Dance! & Tennille Nakimuli McMillian
Choreographers/ Directors - Orlando Z Hunter, Jr & Ricarrdo Valentine
Dancers: Orlando Zane Hunter Jr, Ricarrdo Valentine
Musician/ Actor: Jibri Acid Blues St.Vil
Dramaturge: Nadine George-Graves
Text by:Nadine George-Graves, Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr, Jibri Acid Blues St.Vil, and Ricarrdo Valentine
Afro/Solo/Man was developed in part with assistance from 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellowship
This work is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Arts Commission as a part of the 2016 Arts & Humanities Grant Program.