Virtual International Showcase
Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm
An Online-only Event
Featuring Morgan Bullock, Gerald Casel, Daudi Fayar, BamBam Frost, and JohnScott
Sweden-based choreographer BamBam Frost has created an eleven-minute digital work for the festival using her recent stage piece YES as a starting point. YES is a cascade of pleasure, sadness, and dreams of possibilities. In her work Frost is dealing with questions of how to create more sustainable ways of existing individually and together, and for YES she turned to the “erotic” as reimagined by AudreLorde, the “pleasure activism” of adrienne maree brown, and to the many worldsof Octavia Butler for guidance. It is a work that processes big emotions around current events and the colonial history that lead us here, with pleasure as a compass for healing and dreaming of alternatives.
MorganBullock, a world-ranked Irish dancer from Virginia and TikTok star, brings ashort, dynamic work set to the song “All Up To You” by Shay Lia.
Anexcerpt from Gerald Casel’s Not About Race Dance will be presented. Not AboutRace Dance critiques the unmarked predominance of whiteness in US postmodernism. It cites Neil Greenberg’s Not About AIDS Dance to connect the silence around the AIDS epidemic and the unacknowledged racial politics of postmodern dance. Occupying a space defined by white artists, it contests thestructural endurance of white postmodernity by disidentifying with the whitecube activated by Trisha Brown’s Locus and asks how difference can be made visible through choreographic structures that do not make space for Brown andBlack bodies.
Kenyan choreographer/dancer Daudi Fayar blends movement styles in this personal work originally presented at the third edition of BoldMemoirOnline. John Scott’sInside Dance is part of a cycle of works created during the pandemic calledDances for Inside and Outside. It has elements of step dancing and is a dance of celebration, defiance, hope, and anxiety. Inside Dance is performed by ConorThomas Doherty, Mintesinot Wolde, and Sibéal Davitt. John Scott/Irish ModernDance Theatre is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.
Part of the 2021 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature with additional support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.