(Re)current Unrest- a sonically and visually immersive evening length multimedia dance work built on the sonic foundation of Steve Reich’s three earliest works: “It’s Gonna Rain” (parts 1 and 2), “Come Out” and “Pendulum”. (Re)current Unrest has been co-commissioned by The Fusebox Festival in Austin and 651Arts in Brooklyn, New York and is scheduled to premiere in April 2018. (Re)current Unrest explores the kinesthetic state of unrest-the condition of unease, discontent, and social disturbance. (Re)current Unrest is politically motivated in ways reminiscent to the art borne out of the Black Arts/Black Power Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. My intention is to create politically engaged work driven by deconstructed and abstracted African American and African Diasporic movement vernaculars that explores the African American cultural and historical experience and transforms the way African Americans are portrayed and/or erased in literature and the arts. When told to remember someone else’s memory of events, we often can not help but remember our own- this is essentially the socio-historical dissonance between white and black cultural experience of American history. I am exploring a process informed by the concept of reappropriation and cultural decolonization. In sociology and cultural studies, reappropriation or reclamation is the cultural process by which a group reclaims terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way that were disparaging of that group- regardless of whether it was intentional or unintentional. One of this project’s key goals is to build a process that overtly both honors and critically engages with the compositional form of Steve Reich’s early compositions. This will possibly challenge audiences familiar with the early works of Steve Reich (and possibly the choreography of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) to hear the Africanist voices that drive the compositions .
For a link to excerpts of some of the drafts of (Re)current Unrest visit:
UT Student performance: https://vimeo.com/205548098 password: recurrentdrt
COADance Projects NPN performance: https://vimeo.com/205562626 password: recurrentnpn