Yes, And

“Yes, And” (working title) is a performance project that re-centers Black womanhood and femininity as the norm and operating force in the creative process. “Yes, And” asks: Who would you be and what would you do (or make) if, as a Black woman, you had nothing to worry about? What would you create and how might you be in community with others? What emerges when I give myself permission to imagine/re-imagine another past, present, and future? “Yes, And” is a process, or rather a methodology, of undoing and of freedom, the freedom “to find” and to “be found” from this recalibrated place.

Rauschenberg Residency
photo by Josh Coe
Ragdale Residency
Photo from "My Mouth is a Mirror" improvisational video by Jovan Landry .
Dance Place Residency
Photo by David Dowling
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Process

In the wake of COVID-19, "Yes, And" lives on through virtual gatherings via Zoom and a shared Google Drive to develop the project’s methodology. This virtual environment will also be used to get to know the presenting partner’s local community prior to in-person residencies. It will also be a litmus test to determine future presenters’ ability and level of commitment to foster authentic, intentional community relations. 

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