The (her)stor(ies) Project

 

the (her)stor(ies) project is informed by writers Lucille Clifton and Audre Lorde and their approaches in processing grief, anger, pleasure, and agency. The work references Clifton’s “for de Lawd,” by working through some of the queries presented in the poem. For example: how does one choose to live after “murdered sons” and what does life look like after a violent loss carried out by figures who are supposed to protect? Throughout the work, the cast performs rituals grounded in Black American fellowship to help process these questions. Like Lorde, the (her)stor(ies) project engages biomythography to dispel misconceptions of Black women’s proximity to jouissance. The characters grapple with grief but make clear the possibilities of pleasure.

 

MOVEMENTS FROM THE (HER)STOR(IES) PROJECT

 

mourn and never tire (2015)

mourn and never tire is a movement score created in response to the number of unarmed black people killed by police in the U.S. since 1999. While running in place, the performers read the name, age, location, and date of the people killed to process blacknesses proximity to endurance, lamentation, and death.

 

cussin and prayin (2016)

cussin and prayin is a study on queer desire. The subject’s hyper-performance is an attempt to penetrate a masculine framework often deemed impenetrable by female bodies in patriarchal societies.

 

Michael Thomas Photography

 

WIGS:  a book of dance poems (2015)

WIGS is a container of black femme fantasy, pleasure, and proximity to the erotic. As Audre Lorde shares in Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power, "the erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling." WIGS works to locate the erotic through personal and collective movement experiences.