[text me when you get home]
A conversation with Jasmine Hearn and Joseph Hall
Thursday, April 22, 6:00pm
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For [text me when you get home], Jasmine Hearn and KST Executive Director Joseph Hall sit down for a public conversation on Zoom that considers kinship, queer dance parties, protests, shared history, listening, and joy. Join us for this intimate discussion and insight into Hearn’s ongoing project.
Interdisciplinary Dance Artist Jasmine Hearn is currently in residence at Kelly Strayhorn Theater with A Patient Practice, an ongoing project that makes room for intergenerational conversation, play, and study. Across space and time, Hearn will unfurl their lineage as a story-teller and post-modern dancer by connecting with mentors and inspirations to begin/continue a conversation that bridges the distance between age and discipline.
A Patient Practice circles Hearn back to communities and specifically teachers and community organizers that helped build their artistic practice and career. Mentors include Staycee Pearl, Kiki Lucas, and Bekezela Mguni. During the residency, Hearn and mentors will build a score together that is rooted in various disciplines consisting of recipes, lists, poems, songs, and/or dances, which will also be shared with local communities.
A PATIENT PRACTICE WORKSHOPS
Join us for a series of three interdisciplinary workshops this spring through which Jasmine and their mentors will share creative prompts and guide participants in an embodied experience of dance, text, and embodied sound.
Open to all. You will be asked to move.
Dance Moves and Grooves with Kiki Lucas
Saturday, May 1, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Listening and Responding with Text and Movement with Bekezela Mguni
Thursday, May 6, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Movement and Composition with Staycee Pearl
Saturday, August 21, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jasmine Hearn was raised on the land of the Karankawa and Atapake people, now known as Houston, TX. They spend time as vessel and storyteller using dance and sound as materials to compose, conjure, teach, and perform around the world. Hearn graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with their B.A. in Dance. They spend their time steeped in the embodied research of a multidisciplinary practice of performance, dance, story-telling, and memory keeping. Hearn works as a performer, curator, director, choreographer, organizer, and teaching artist. They are currently a company member with Urban Bush Women and are a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Fellow. Hearn has collaborated with multidisciplinary artists, Alisha B. Wormsley, Vanessa German, Holly Bass, Jennifer Nagle Myers, and Solange Knowles.Hearn has also worked and performed with David Dorfman Dance, Alesandra Seutin’s vocabdance, Solange Knowles, Kate Watson-Wallace, STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Marjani Forté-Saunders, will rawls, Tara Aisha Willis, Jennifer Myers, Helen Simoneau Danse, Lovie Olivia, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and with Nick Mauss as a part of exhibition, TRANSMISSIONS, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Hearn was awarded a 2017 “Bessie”Award for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture, and has had residencies at the PearlArts Studios, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Camargo Foundation, and Dance Source Houston. Hearn was a 2018 Movement Research AIR.
Joseph Hall is the Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater as well as a producer, curator, and performer. From 2015 to 2020, he was the Deputy Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, an organization that presents works that are empowering to women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, and one of the country’s oldest LGBTQ theaters by people of color. He was a Bessie Selection Committee member and co-founder of Pearl Diving Movement Residency at PearlArts Studios in Pittsburgh. From 2009-2014, Joseph rose from intern to Producing Director at Kelly Strayhorn Theater where he created original programming including My People, a film and performance series celebrating the lives of queer people of color, and the residency and showing series Freshworks.
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Process Sharing with STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos
Featuring Bebe Miller, Melanie George, and Deesha Philyaw
Thursday, April 8, 6:00pm
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Join STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos for a showing and discussion around their forthcoming work, CIRCLES, which will exist as both a stage performance and dance film. The event will include discussion with respondents choreographer Bebe Miller, curator, dramaturge, and scholar Melanie George, and writer Deesha Philyaw.
This event is made possible with support from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a shared initiative between The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
photo by Caldwell Linker