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Trade School: Invtervention by jumatatu m. poe
June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
One event on June 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Choreography by jumatatu m. poe, with additional material from Jermone “Donte” Beacham
Part of the duo’s seven-year collaborative research into J-Sette performance, Intervention activates multiple historically Black neighborhoods in Philadelphia, as it uses rhythm and precision as vehicles into subversion and satisfaction. On sidewalks and in alleyways, jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham draw on J-Sette’s call-and-response structure to reveal the powerfully singular expression that can emerge within this highly regimented dance. J-Sette originated among drill teams and majorette lines of historically Black southern universities and continues to grab the attention of half-time stadium crowds—while having found a second life, and new political meanings, in the Black gay club scene. Performance routes are announced only hours before their intervention, freeing the performers to agitate the boundaries of propriety and belonging, and confront the historic imaginations and limitations of these spaces.
Trade School is a festival and exchange platform celebrating the work of Philadelphia performing artists as well as creating connections with artist peers across the country. The first iteration, Trade School: PHL-LAX, produced in collaboration with Los Angeles Performance Practice, connects artists and audiences in each city, exploring differences and similarities in systems of support for contemporary performance, and discussing issues in self-producing and dissemination of work that resonate with both.