The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will present nia love’s UnderCurrents on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to a virtual screening of the latest iteration of dancer and choreographer nia love’s “g1(host),” developed during two week-long sessions in November 2020 and March 2021.
Of the performance and her larger body of inquiry nia love says, “The center of gravity in my work is the question of blackness and the complexity held within the experiences it names: resistance, virtuosity, breaking, hypermobility, inordinate constraint. I aim to destabilize and dismantle ‘dance,’ redressing it as gesture—the memory of movement and geographies held in the body. My work gets made under the viewer’s gaze: interfaces between the audience, my flesh, and the object-sonic environment, produces experimental flows of real-time visceral response and improvisatory action. I craft for the stage and beyond: galleries, gardens, farms, and most recently, the ocean floor.”
nia love (lead artist/performer) lives on unceded Lenape Nation land known as New York. In honor of her maternal grandmothers and their historical participation in black feminism and the powers of domesticity that radically move away from patriarchy, love wanted her pen name to be spelled in lowercase to shift the attention from her identity to her ideas.
Her career spans 40 years, beginning in 1978 as one of the youngest international apprentices with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. love received a B.F.A. in theater directing and pre-medicine from Howard University and an M.F.A. in choreography from Florida State University. In 1996, love studied Butoh and toured with Japanese Butoh master Min Tanaka. She was named an honorary Fulbright Fellow in 2002-03.
This performance has been made possible through the Dance Program at Bryn Mawr College in partnership with the Performing Arts Series, with major support from the 360° Program and the Mary Flexner Lectureship.
nia love: UnderCurrents
Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Admission to the event is free with registration.
Virtual via Zoom
Registration available at https://www.brynmawr.edu/performing-arts-series/undercurrents.
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