is a new 75 minute dance-based production to be choreographed by Iquail Shaheed to the music of artist/activist Nina Simone (1933-2003). The project explores the experience of the black ballerina as a window into issues of race, identity, and isolation, incorporating elements of performance art to investigate these psychological tensions. The production will be held in conjunction with an extensive community engagement campaign, including a series of panel discussions on the subject matter. The production will be held in conjunction with an extensive community engagement campaign, including a series of panel discussions on the subject matter.
Morgan Anderson (Erie, PA), Maeva Boldron (Paris, France), Coral Dolphin (Los Angeles, CA), Khalia Coleman (New York, NY), Adama Ideuoz (Los Angeles, CA), Amy Lattimore (Montreal, Quebec), Chima Ojiue (Sydney, Australia), Ari Mayzick (New York, NY), Rachel McSween (Los Angeles, CA).
Daniel Carlton, playwright and community storyteller, serves as dramaturg
Michael Jarrett serves as lighting designer
Jermaine Terry serves as costume designer
In order to examine the difficult topic of addiction and its consequences, Pushers
will use celebrity culture as its lens, as a way to connect with Mantua youth and encourage them to share their own experiences. The project is part of Shaheed’s ongoing investigation into community-based methods of dance creation, as he attempts to break down barriers that make dance inaccessible to marginalized audiences.
Daniel Carlton, playwright
Charles Vincent Burtwell, composer
Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright and MacArthur Fellow
Jermaine Terry, Costume Designer
Michael Jarrett, Lighting Designer