Choreographic Fellow | May 8 – 22, 2006
The Truth About Medusa
Whitaker focused on experimentation and process work around neo-folklore in the African Diaspora, specifically, the African origin and mythological attributes of Medusa. During the residency, Whitaker sought to inform a collective consciousness and behavior towards understanding and healing among women of color , to help identify which musical and kinesthetic expressions in blues, punk rock, hip hop, and traditional folkloric culture of the African Diaspora draw relative parallels between the ways women of color give voice to their hidden legacies and the ways they perpetuate destructive cycles of oppression, and to shape a contemporary neo-folkloric perception of how the spirit of “Medusa” survives in cultural context today.
Collaborators in Residence: Sekou Alaje [musician]; Sekou Amennun [multi-disciplinary artist] Courtney Killingsworth, Maria Rivera, Joi Hopkins, Kelly White, Goussy Célestin [dancers]