how to survive a plague
An interdisciplinary meditation on the artistic generational gap between those lost in the global epidemic, AIDS. Brother(hood) Dance! investigates who survives and whose stories are told during and after life. This work will explore the methods of healing, care-giving, and living testimonies by creating an intentional space with sound, movement, and aroma. This ritualistic experience will venerate the Black African bodies that were exiled from the urgency of care and shun by their communities and government. How do we connect this work (how to survive a plague) as a reverential gesture to lost ancestral artistic dreams?
Music:Starr Busby, Yuesf Lateef, Thomas Mapfumo, Roberta Flack, The O’Jays, War, The J.B.’s
Text: Assotto Saint, Ricarrdo Valentine, Ade Ola, Boghuma Kabisen Titanji
Photography: Josué Azor
Costume designer: Shane Ballard
Choreographers: Orlando Zane Hunter Jr., Ricarrdo Valentine
Media:Orlando Zane Hunter Jr.
Sound score: Orlando Zane Hunter jr.
Research Advisor: Mario LaMothe
Herbalist: Natalie Sablon
The creation of how to survive a plague was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2016-17 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation.
how to survive a plague was developed in part with assistance from SPACE on Ryder Farm