The Reclamation Dance Project

In The Name Of Healing: New Dance Project Reveals The Effects Of Stereotypes On Black Women’s Mental Health, Sept 15-17

Two years in the making, Black women-owned dance company The Reclamation Dance Project (TRDP) is premiering its newest dance and installation work, Outside Your Expectations, at Icebox Project Space (1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia), running for a limited engagement September 15 through 17, 2022. 

Through West African’s fast pace motions, Umfundalai technique’s contemporary African reflective storytelling gestures, and Hip Hop’s dynamic grooves, this performance depicts a mental fight. The fight against the belief that stereotypes define people. The piece, which examines social constructs that are put upon Black women and the ways that it can affect their mental health, will be presented in the Cannonball Festival as a part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.

Outside of Your Expectations is a healing, interactive, art exhibition in the form of a video installation and live performance. It goes on to demonstrate that when one takes time to heal, the individual is healing their inner child from the stereotypes they have grown up with and subconsciously took as their truth. The art exhibition is opening space to provide grace, love, and opportunity to be soft with one’s self again.

TRDP’s goal is to have this art and dance exhibition in front of audiences of all races to facilitate open discussions focused on Black women’s mental health while confronting and processing stereotypes. At the end of the exhibition, Philly-based Black women therapists will implement talk-backs while also providing a safe space for Black women to feel seen, heard, supported, and open doors to healing. With the guidance of our non-profit partners, The National Association of American African Dance Teachers and The Painted Bride, our primary mission is to bring this dance production to various participating high schools and universities nationwide. TRDP not only wants to facilitate a space to handle these different traumas with Black women but help guide them to the victory they’ll find once they are not held to these expectations through healing, self-exploration, and community support.

Artistic Director: Sophiann Moore
Assistant Rehearsal Director: Kalayah Curry
Dancers: Aziyah Batton, Mia Clark, Kalayah Curry ,Caitlin Green, Alaina Griffin, Sophiann Moore, Photographers: Alexa Santy, Sarah Atunrase
Music Engineer: Michael Anthony Clark,
Makeup Artist: Kym Bethea,
Visual Artist: Maya Freelon,
Poet: Danielle Chappell “Black Excellence”

The Reclamation Dance Project presents Outside Your Expectations Art Exhibition
September 15th at 7pm
September 16th at 5:30pm
September 17th at 1:00pm
Icebox Project Space, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: General $20 | Supporter Level $50

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