Resistance Project BLOG

Keep up to date with us as Theatre of Movement develops "The Resistance Project" Check out the art as it develops and learn about the development workshops being presented. 

If you'd like to register and attend our workshops visit our main web page and scroll to the "Register Here" tab: http://www.theatreofmovement.org/resistance-project

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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The Resistance Project's workshops for May were inspiring and beneficial to all present! On Monday May 13th, Kayla Baker, director of Artistic Intellectual, presented a motivational workshop titled "This too Shall Pass." Baker's organization is a creative arts company located in Greensboro, NC. that is committed to the arts as well as supporting development, education, and the community. Artistic Intellectual was designed to increase social awareness by serving as a contributor to social activism through creativity and the arts. The Resistance Project acknowledges and support Kayla and Artistic Intellectual!

Kayla Baker brought our attention to understanding identity and Intersectionality––and understanding how to separate the image of Black Women presented by media from who Black Women are in reality. Baker has conducted studies and interviews on the Meaning of Being Black in America for Black Women. Noting that first and foremost--AWARENESS is important. To see oppressive narratives and frameworks for what they are

Baker also discussed the idea of INTERSECTIONALITY––noting that many social justice platforms only target one aspect of who we are. (i.e. race issues may not address gender or vice versa--when both may be important to the same person). That racism and sexism oppress Black women. And we must understand identity through multiple lenses. 

We Must Tell Our Own Stories! --this statement was prominent in all of the workshops this month.

And we hope you will join us in June to help us tell our/you story!

 

 

 

 

As a recap––here's the list of what was presented in the May 2019 workshops

Dr Tara Green: Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song
Dr Karen Meadows: Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley
Kayla Baker: This too Shall Pass: Overcoming the Adversity that Might Come with the Dynamics of Living Life as a Woman
Devin Newkirk: Image of a Black Woman: Photo Shoot 

Our next Workshop dates are:

Tu June 18 6-9pm 
We June 19 6-9pm
Th June 20 6-9pm 
Fr June 21  6-9pm
Sa June 22 11am-2pm
Su June 23 11am-2pm 

Location:

UNCG School of Dance
Coleman Bldg 201-A
1408 Walker Ave
Greensboro

We hope you will join us

You can register to join us in June by clicking the Register Here Tab below

Continue to check our Blog until then for more info

Thank You

 



CREATIVE EXPLORATION

Taking inspiration for the workshops presented this month I asked participants the question, "What Does a Black Woman Look Like?"

Below are images of sketches from the participants followed by my own collage of images of just a few of the important and influential women in my life. To me, they were my first impression of what a Black Woman looks like. My amazing mother Audrey, gone from my life way too soon. My sister Loretta. My sister Darlene––my first dance inspiration/mentor. My niece Tracey.

 
Friday, May 10, 2019
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Tonight's workshop was amazing!

Devin captured images of Lauren, Chaniya, and Kaykeel who brought photos of the women who influenced their lives. 

Then I continued work on what I am now calling "Micro Step"

Here's a clip from what we worked on. 

Join us tomorrow as we continue our exploration.

I'll start the workshop with looking at financial wellness and then we will continue with the performance work. 

See you there

 

Creative Exploration 2019.05.10

 
Friday, May 10, 2019
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We had another inspiring presentation from featured guest speaker, Dr. Karen Meadows and her book Pedagogy of Survival.

This is a book that anyone interested in education, transformative pedagogy, and the importance of civil rights should read!

Dr. Meadows conducted in-depth research and interviews of important civil rights activists--the young people who integrated schools during Civil Rights era. 

This included Millicent E Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley. Note that Josephine Boyd Bradley was first student to integrate Grimsley HS--just down the road from UNCG!

And the street is now named after Josephine Boyd. Amazing!

Please contact us if you're interested in the book or a presentation from Dr. Meadows. Every student should be exposed to the information about activism and resistance to oppression that Dr. Meadows offers!

COMING NEXT!

Friday May 10 is PHOTO SHOOT day!

We will meet in the School of Dance Theater at 6pm for another fun photo session with photographer Devin Newkirk!

The theme is: The Image of a Black Woman

One of the most important things to take possession of is your self-image. Media and entertainment have a long history of generating distorted images of black women.

Photographer Devin Newkirk will conduct a photo shoot where all participants will be supported in the creation of empowered images through photography.  

Instructions for Participants:

Come dressed as your most fabulous self. 

Bring a photo of your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or a woman in your life that is family to you or inspired you.

And/Or

Bring an item that represents who or what you consider yourself to be.

As always we will also continue with our performance workshop led by Duane after the photo shoot

Join us!

 
Thursday, May 09, 2019
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Check out our recent choreographic explorations for The Resistance Project.

The music, Mama's Cryin Long--has some very resonant lyrics sung by Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah, and Allison Russell

It calls up the history of lynching and reminds us that Black women were victimized by that terrorist act as well

Here are some articles to consider:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/opinion/sunday/ida-b-wells-lynching-black-women.html

http://theconversation.com/lynching-memorial-shows-women-were-victims-too-95029

 

Resistance_Project@UNCG_2019.05.08_Micro_Step

In this clip--we were exploring ways to adapt Ring Shout, Afro-Caribbean movement, and house to an old-school song by the group First Choice. I was also thinking about stepper's sets and the types of dances Black folks do at parties (Wobble, Bus Stop, Electric Slide) and even Latin dances like Bachata. Material has a way to go but this is what Dr. Tara Green's presentation inspired for us. We were also considering the Ibo Landing story and the idea of the Sankofa Bird--that in order to move forward, you have to know where you come from. Check back later to see how this develops

Resistance_Project@UNCG_2019.05.08_MAMA’S CRYIN LONG

We continued the movement started yesterday and I tried out some music by Rhiannon Giddens (an award winning UNCG alum!) Music was suggested to us by David Aarons--ethnomusicologist in the UNCG School of Music. Worked with Kesia and Lauren and used track suggested to us by David Aarons Choreo by Duane with collabo from dancers We do not own rights to this music and it’s used for reference only

 
Thursday, May 09, 2019
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On Wednesday May 8th, Dr. Tara Green presented her compelling book Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song!

A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Green shared her history as a 1st generation PhD and author of four books. As we continue our discussion about what resistance means--Dr. Green reminded us that conducting research (scholarly and creative) and forming a research question is a form of constructive resistance. Also that the act of Storytelling--something inherent to African cultures, is a form of resistance. It allow the opportunity to create a counter-narrative; to carve out identity; and sustain legacy.

Dr. Green asked the participants "What does resistance to slavery mean? We discussed how Black people in America have "created out of oppression" and demonstrated resistance through the creation of new forms of music, fashion, cuisine, etc., We also noted that running away during the terrible era of slavery was a form of resistance. As was actual revolt.

Storytelling--including the idea of the Flying African––is another form of resistance.

Flying indicates freedom--and the story of the Ibo Landing--when enslaved African arrived in America--saw the horror of slavery--and walked/flew back to Africa--is an important story to tell!

Dr. Green advised us to check out the two books: 

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

and

Priasesong for the Widow by Black female author Paule Marshall. Where the story of the Ibo Landing is woven into the narrative

And here's info about Marshall: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/marshall-paule-1929/

Join us tonight at 6pm for a presentation from Dr Karen Meadows and her book Pedagogy for Survival 

UNCG School of Dance

1408 Walker Ave

Coleman 201-A (new studio w/wooden floor)

 

Dr Karen Meadows will speak about her book "Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley"

 

Followed by performance workshop

 

Description Dr. Meadows’ presentation:  

Unsung heroes, social justice, history, trauma, public educational discourse, courage, the power of youth and the power of one are all captured in the book, Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley.  Pedagogy of Survival focuses on the first-hand narratives of two desegregation pioneers (Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley)--their stories, sufferings, and pedagogy of survival.  This book gives voice to unsung heroes and the often overlooked view of the adolescent perspective. Josephine Boyd desegregated Greensboro Senior High (now Grimsley High School) in 1957 and Millicent E. Brown desegregated Rivers High School (Charleston, SC) in 1963.  In this session, the author addresses “the historical” as expressed in the belief that our youth have inherited a discourse of collective resistance without the historical context.  My trainings with educators, educational leaders, school counselors, parents, students and community members focus on historical narratives to address the gap between our youth’s understanding of historical collective resistance and the current resistance that is sometimes demonstrated by our most disenfranchised and marginalized youth as it relates to educational outcomes.  

 

 
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