The Resistance Project
A solo performance at the intersection of Gender, Race, and Age. Collaboration by Duane Cyrus and Jonboyondabeat celebrating Black Women
This project is a live solo dance performance work with recorded music currently titled, The Resistance Project (Celebrating African Diasporic Women’s Activism through Music and Dance).
The research goal is to create a solo performance work highlighting and investigating representation of Black women and resistance during seminal moments in American history from the Middle Passage to the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements—doing so from their perspective as Black men; to further understand Africanist aesthetics as they relate to music, dance, gender, and aging bodies; to interview women of African descent in their local community about art-making and activism; to participate in a trans-Atlantic dialogue around what Black bodies signify in Western or Eurocentric performance contexts; to deliver forums, development workshops, and the performance outcome to diverse communities that are not regularly exposed to live performing arts and the social message built into this project.
Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 East Park Row Clinton, NY 13323