“Double consciousness is knowing the particularity of the white world in the face of its enforced claim to universality… Double consciousness, in other words, is knowing a lie while living its contradiction.” – Biko Maura ruminates on white privilege and the mythology of the neutral body.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and M. Lamar are Incomprehensible, Jen Rosenblit claps hands, and Lucy Sexton, Lisa Kron, Yvonne Rainer and The Bessies celebrate Judy Hussie-Taylor, Rockette Phoebe Pearl and The Right to Free Expression (1st Amendment).
Monday morning performance hangover is cured by a talk moderated by Tara Aisha Willis, and the works of Julianna May, Ni’Ja Whitson/The NWA Project and Wendell Cooper/Mx. Oops…”in all my life, I’ve never seen this and I’m not even sure what the this is, but I know, I know I’m seeing something, something whose name I am still yet to learn but something that rises and stands, defies old paradigms and is filled with heat and strength and a promise for the tomorrows…”
Several times, misdirected/redirected, freezing and running in white-out conditions, I wondered why bother at all. But, sometimes it’s all you can do to just show up… 2 American Realness Discourse Talks, 2 Works-in-progress, 1 tight bit o’ dance.
Day 1 of the Festival of Festivals or January Feast: Based on last night’s opening works by Will Rawls, Meg Stuart and Dana Michel I’d say the American Realness focus on the “breakdown of white-supremacist hierarchies” and on the practice of “realness as resistance,” is helping us all define which America(s) we mean to stand our ground for in the coming days.