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Colored Her A Lady Pre-Showing
April 30, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
A pre-showing of Big Red Wall’s 45 minute work on the subject of creating the ideal lady in an urban setting. During Red’s (Artistic Director) residency with Ponyride, her and the dancers are in the process of creating a work on what it means to be a lady and African American. How to be soft and sensual while carrying the weight of the world. Is there a place for femininity in urban areas, when softness is weak and looked down upon. In this showing we will attempt to attack these ideas.
Erika is an Applebaum Emerging Artist in residnce at Ponyride. This funded residency was made possible by generous support from the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and The Knight Foundation.
About the Artist:
Red’s choreography embarks on a journey of awareness, as what it is to be an African American Woman in America. Red’s movement embodied the principles of African (mostly West African), Modern, Hip-hop and Contemporary. She uses these aesthetics to create moments in her work. Red is interested in how audiences will comprehend her work. She wants the audience to become knowledgeable of the many injustices, which other races encounter. Red likes to make the audience uncomfortable and conscious. The concept of Black in America has intrigued her since she was a child. The knowledge that Red receives from her research and works, helps her get a stronger understanding of the world WE belong to. Red’s work uses everyday movement and she incorporate it into the piece. From time to time, using her observations from people watching, she will take common gestures and apply them into her work. The way people move when they are unaware they are being watched allows Red to better understand how to create movement with freedom. Dance and the works which she creates are political statements, as well as a discovery of who she is and her placement in this world.