Summer Modern Series Diasporic Movement Practice
The 2017 Summer Modern Series kicks-off on Saturday, July 15, with Diasporic Movement Practice.
Taught by Lela Aisha Jones of FlyGround (and many before and after her), DMPs are contemporary movement practices grounded in dance cultures and traditions of African and Black peoples. Lela's strongest foundations in her diasporic movement practice are dances common in southern United States (primarily Florida), Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and northeastern Brazil (primarily Salvador, Bahia). *FlyGround experiences are in a genre of their but never to far from home.
In this DMP class themed, Phyiscialities/Body Realities, we will investigate how black/African diasporic dances meet our bodies in fresh ways as well as multiple entry points for engaging with, understanding, and embodying movement culture that is with us everyday in our U.S. lived experience. The black/African diasporic presence in our bodies seems to be continuously (even conveniently) elusive remaining unnamed and unframed in many spaces of privilege. We will awake what is unconscious in our bodies from experience of blackness in the U.S. and beyond.