The Performance Garage presents DanceVisions Artist-in-Residence yaTande Whitney V. Hunter and Jude Sandy of Denizen Arts with Alex Shaw and the Philadelphia premiere of Walk The (pink) Elephant. Walk The (pink) Elephant runs Thursday, September 15th through Saturday, September 18th at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Hunter and Sandy’s work is informed and inspired by African diaspora cultural and art-making traditions. Their creative partnership, Denizen Arts, began in 2016 and seeks to be a locus for fostering new works and discourses on historic and contemporary complexities of the human experience.
Walk The (pink) Elephant is an exploration of absence and a ritual of shared reckoning, defiance, regeneration, and celebration in the face of cataclysmic loss. It memorializes generations of BIPOC and queer culture workers decimated by HIV/AIDS, and particularly members of Black arts communities ravaged by the disease.
Walk The (pink) Elephant evokes lives and legacies interrupted by plague, disrupting the history of stigma enforced against communities of color facing the first waves of the scourge. It invites collective memory of the living and loving of those we’ve lost, and lifts up the grief and perseverance of those who knew and loved them. Walk the (pink) Elephant embraces the vitality of their contributions to culture and community, venerates their ascension into ancestry, celebrates survivors and caregivers, and opens space for renewal of shared heritage.
This program has been made possible by a leadership grant from Independence Blue Cross (IBX), a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and individual donors.
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