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The Resistance Project

A solo performance at the intersection of Gender, Race, and Age. Collaboration by Duane Cyrus and Jonboyondabeat celebrating Black Women

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.

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