Staycee Pearl Dance Project & Soy Sos :: worx
Thursday – Friday / April 19 – 20, 2018
8:00pm / Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave :: Map
Presented by Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Soy Sos
A mixed repertory concert, worx will highlight some of STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos’ formative pieces rooted in shared and personal history, identity, culture, and the now. The creative duo will share an excerpt of sol., a new “soulful” movement and sound experience. The concert also features …on being…, and excerpts from OCTAVIA and circlePOP.
ABOUT THE WORK
sol. is an upbeat, athletic dance experience built of a movement vocabulary that captures the visceral feeling of a truly free existence as SPdp artists imagine a world free of oppression, injustice, and racial inequality.
…on being…expands the perceived boundaries of the African Diaspora, broadens the conversation about race and blackness, and connects viewers to a lively national discussion. Using Touré’s Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness? and How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston as catalysts,…on being…challenges audiences to consider a sensitive topic prominent in current events. “…on being…suited the cast, but what they brought to the stage in terms of self-explorations was even more exciting. Her dancers realized they could not define themselves by their race, when so much factored into their artistic experience. Gender played a role in their work, as did sexuality.” –Adrienne Totino, Coal Hill Review; 2013
circlePOP considers the impact of pop culture on individuals and communities. Different sections tap into various types of stardom ranging from pop star to YouTube sensation. “The cycle of celebrity is at the core of Ms. Pearl’s latest multimedia dance work “circle POP.” — Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 2010
OCTAVIA creates a world colored by MacArthur genius grant recipient Octavia Butler’s storytelling sensibilities and an interpretation of her life. This work is inspired by Butler’s writing adventures such as her novel Adulthood Rites, where humans and extra terrestrials live together experiencing mystical other-worldly situations. “a lavish alien vocabulary, a combination of insectile arms, piercing looks, a noodle walk, rippling torsos and weaving floor work.” — Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 2011