Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BlackLight Summit Events Coming Tonight and Next Month at Clarice















Tue, Sep 29, 5:30PM 

• ACTNow with Far From the Norm 

 If beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful. This Arts Citizenship Talk evaluates what it means to make a dance about hardship and struggle under the gaze of whiteness. 

Dance iconoclast Botis Seva and his UK-based dance company Far From The Norm doggedly explore the individual psyche and the sociopolitical soul through their works. Through them, they also strive to understand what humans do to persevere. From themes of racial violence and cultural appropriation to multiculturalism and gender equality, the work of The Clarice's 2020-21 visiting artists is complex, provocative and deeply sensitive. 

Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) are opportunities to hear from these artists about the issues reflected in their works. These conversations are an invitation to act now! Artist Engagement on Campus and in the Community: 

Throughout Fall 2020, Botis Seva and members of Far From The Norm will virtually visit students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies to discuss their work and choreographic technique. 

 This event is part of The Clarice's BlackLight Summit. 

 Tue, Oct 27, 5:30PM

 • ACTNow with Far From The Norm & TL Collective 

 This event will be archived for future viewing. 

 Two dance companies present intimate short films followed by a live virtual Q&A moderated by Assistant Professor of American Studies La Marr Jurelle Bruce, an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, critical theorist and Afromanticist. 

 Far From The Norm’s CAN’T KILL US ALL unravels one man’s mental unrest as he navigates the turbulence of dealing with two global pandemics. This theatrical experience combines hip-hop theatre and film, revealing the deterioration of a man’s emotional sanity and physical stability as he confronts life in lockdown. From reflecting on childhood memories, to reliving trauma experienced by Black bodies, CAN’T KILL US ALL pushes through the darkness to find light, humility and peace. 

TL Collective’s Tough Skin presents four humans from completely different backgrounds and cultures. The film is a captivating visual representation of what it looks like to stay committed to connection and humanity even in dire circumstances. From themes of racial violence and cultural appropriation to multiculturalism and gender equality, the work of The Clarice's 2020-21 visiting artists is complex, provocative and deeply sensitive. 

Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) are opportunities to hear from these artists about the issues reflected in their works. These conversations are an invitation to act now! Engagement on Campus and in the Community: 

Throughout Fall 2020, Botis Seva and members of Far From The Norm will virtually visit students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies to discuss their work and choreographic technique. Micaela Taylor and members of TL Collective will also visit students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. 

In addition, Micaela Taylor is participating in The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit as a member of the summit Career Readiness mentorship team. Film Credits: CAN’T KILL US ALL Produced by Far From The Norm, CAN’T KILL US ALL is a collaboration from 3 original voices working in hip-hop theatre: dance artist Botis Seva, filmmaker Ben Williams and composer Torben Lars Sylvest. CAN’T KILL US ALL is co-commissioned by Arts Council England, BBC and The Space.