Dancing While Black comes to New Orleans |
February + April 2016
This iteration was in collaboration with professor Ron Bechet (Xavier University) who constructed a deconstructed auction block asymmetrical in shape and form with wheels the enables the bloc to travel throughout the city, and a 13 minute series of fast moving image videos integrated with the performance. Love searches the ghost of the late 1800’s in New Orleans her Matriarchal grandfather’s hometown. In a moving installation from the harbor of the Mississippi River traveling inwards through the streets of the French Quarters to one of the historically famous Slave selling rotundas. The modern French Quarter stands the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, located at 621 St. Louis Street. However, in this location in the 1800s stood the St. Louis Exchange Hotel, and on to the CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) Theater
92nd Street Y Friday's at Noon: Dancing on the Shoulders: Radical Black Presence in American Dance, New York, NY.
Work/Research Notes :
An improvisational duet with the architecture-92nd Street Y(140 year old building which has been serving its communities and the larger world. Practically all of the Modern dance canon of choreographers have performed in this space) and so this was an attempt tp examine dancing with ghost who might just drop in to partner with me.
8 minute solo.
Choreographer/Performer: Nia Love
Photo Cred: Akua Hill