Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

We Have Never Been Alone: Embodying Spill

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Next year Leslie Parker Dance Project is using Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Wildseed by Octavia Butler as the texts inspiring their new Momentum Dance Performance.  Leslie Parker Dance Project engages performance as “it is an opportunity to “unpack” influences of culture, ritual and daily life practices – a process of unraveling embodied experience through rigorous physical exploration. Questions unfold in spontaneous and curious improvisation as live performance in real-time.”

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In preparation for this new work, the choreographer, dancers and their loved ones gathered for a special embodied activation of the Spill Oracle to identify the breakthroughs that are bringing them to and through this work.

 

We Have Never Been Alone

“the ground has everything it needs/we have never been alone” -“Invocation” in Spill

 

although we are finding our strength

we have never been alone

my ancestors are here

we have never been alone

blankity, blank, blank, blank

we have never been alone

seeing mothers and daughters cry and hold each other

we have never been alone

our grief is teaching us something important

we have never been alone

faith. faith.

we have never been alone

love love love love love love love

we have never been alone

pathways cross parallels drawn

and when we arrive we are ten thousand strong

we have never been alone

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