Performance: The Light Fantastical by Makeda Thomas
Exhilarating modern dance performance that explores culture and identity through the lens of the fantastical
8:00 p.m. Curator Talk | 8:30 p.m. Performance
“The postmodern African Diasporan dancer-scholar whose work goes beyond stereotype and the market appetite for clichés regarding the black dancing body”. Trinidadian artist MAKEDA THOMAS’ choreography, films and site-specific work has been presented internationally, including at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Live Arts, Teatro Africa, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Queens Hall, and Teatro de la Ciudad. Thomas has received awards and commissions from Creative Capital, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation, among others. She lives and works in Port of Spain and Brooklyn.
Creative Capital Awardee, Makeda Thomas uses live performance, text, and installation to examine culture and identity through the lens of the fantastical. The Light Fantastical is an open series of artistic explorations of the metaphors for art and technology that come out of Afrofuturist culture. – or more appropriately, “Caribbean Futurisms – which considers how Caribbean cultural forms navigate time and space, and innovate new histories, sciences and aesthetics. Each performance, each iteration of the work exists in multiple variations, with each variation being characterized by the improvisations of the performers. In this way, the work is imbued with its own autonomous power that engages a more present performer – a future performer – in moments of infinite imaginations and re-creation. “The Light Fantastical” lives in a luminescent landscape concerned with archival performativities and the links between past knowledge and future imagination, offering a futurist reading of the past, and a historical reading of the future.
The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.
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