“Body Prayers serves as a prayer as we continue to dismantle systems of hatred and corruption and acknowledge the urgency of rest, peace, liberation, and overall joy.” —DejaJoelle
Body Prayers, a unique and timely edition of Choreographers’ Evening, is organized by the African-Centered Healing Artist, Choreographer, Director, and Cultural Healing Curator DejaJoelle. Her vision with this presentation is to celebrate, acknowledge, and centralize BIPOC choreographers who help fortify the Twin Cities dance ecosystem by refusing to wither in the face of oppression and injustice. A hybrid experience that draws attention to the Joy and Magic of the Minnesota BIPOC dance community, the program features a virtual performance film and a live online artist conversation and community gathering.
The evening-length performance film showcases six powerful new works by Al Taw’am/Iman Siferllah-Griffin and Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin; Brother(hood) Dance!/Orlando Zane Hunter Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine; Colin Edwards and Canaan Mattson; Ginga da Bahia (Irenio Dos Santos); Julian Hines and Aneka McMullen; and Voice of Culture; filmed by Adja Gildersleve.
Preshow Online Event: Breaking Bread Celebration
Friday, June 4, 6 pm (CDT)
One hour before the film premiere, all are welcome to join the Body Prayers choreographers and curator DejaJoelle live on Zoom for a virtual community gathering and conversation.
Online Film Premiere: Body Prayers
Friday, June 4, 7 pm (CDT)
The evening-length performance film premieres with a showcase of six new works.
How to View
Tickets are pay what you wish (suggested price $20). Tickets to the film premiere also include the preshow event.
The live Breaking Bread Celebration will be held Friday, June 4, 6 pm. Please note: This Zoom event will not be available for later viewing.
View the exclusive online film premiere Friday, June 4, 7 pm.
The virtual performance is available to view Friday, June 4, 7 pm through Monday, June 7, 11:59 pm. Ticket sales will end on Monday, June 7, 9 pm (all times CDT).
About Choreographers’ Evening
For more than four decades Choreographers’ Evening has celebrated up-and-coming and established experimental movement-makers in the Twin Cities, brought together by a guest curator. This year’s edition of Choreographers’ Evening has shifted to summer 2021 from its long-standing November date due to the closure of the Walker’s McGuire Theater at this time.
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