US PREMIERE: Never Twenty One by Smaïl Kanouté / Compagnie Vivons! (France)
Saturday, September 30, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm$35
Through evocative movements that interlace elements of krump, popping, baile funk, and passinho into contemporary dance idioms, the piece pays homage to young Black men in New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Johannesburg who have died from shootings.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement’s #Never21 hashtag, French-Malian choreographer and dancer Smaïl Kanouté’s deeply resonant piece—making its U.S. premiere—pays tribute to young people of color who have lost their lives to gun violence all over the world before reaching the age of 21. The performance, separated into three segments, focuses on the senseless deaths of young Black youth in New York, Johannesburg, and Rio de Janeiro.
Excerpts of powerful testimonies from victims’ family members are transcribed on the dancers’ bodies, combining dance and visual art. The dancers’ intense movement draws on contemporary and intuitive dance, krump, popping, and baile funk in recounting the stories of many broken lives.
$10 student tickets available!