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  • The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts Festival

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Gallery, Event, Moving Arts, MusicComments Off on The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts FestivalRead More »

    By Ed Mickens     Think cultural life in Prescott comes in only one color? Think again. A full-day celebration on Sunday, February 24, will highlight and explore some of the richly creative expressions of being black, here in the Prescott area and around the world. There will be music, dance, theatre, photography and poetry. Presentations on the history of African-American art, and on the role art has played in healing within the community. There will be a table for children to practice the painting of traditional images and symbols. There will be jewelry and handcrafted dashikis, as well as a look at the more distinctly modern, urban artform of skating.      The opening ceremony at 11am should set the tone memorably: a welcome and intention by Mama Charlotte, the American-born poet, musician and activist who has lived the past four decades in Tanzania. And as the day approaches closing at 6pm, renowned gospel singer Nicosia Garrison will take the floor and rouse the spirit.      The Festival is presented by Prescott UMOJA (“Unity”), a growing, grass-roots network of black people in the greater Prescott area. “We didn’t want to limit ourselves by defining art forms, or how black people express themselves creatively,” says Brittini Ward, one of the Festival organizers. “We want to show that blackness isn’t binary—it’s across the board. And the message we want to

  • Age-old questions: Choreography in the Community program challenges assumptions about young, not-as-young

    Apr 1, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Moving ArtsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Delisa Myles What’s it like to be your age? What assumptions do you make about people who are 10- to 12-years-old? People 18- to 24-years-old? And what about people 55 or older? Those were the first questions we asked ourselves as we began an intergenerational performance project with Prescott College students, Skyview School fifth and sixth graders, and members of the larger Prescott community who were 55 or older. The impetus for all of this was — and still is — Choreography in the Community, a course I’ve taught at Prescott College off and on since 2000. This year’s culminating performance, “The Web of Us: Past, Present, and Future,” is coming up on Friday, April 29 (more info below). I’m directing it with Breanna Rogers, the dance teacher at Skyview School. Looking back to that first year, before the participants first met as a group, Breanna and I invited them to make a few assumptions about the other age groups they’d be working with. “Be honest,” we challenged them. “What do you really think about people in those age groups?” Here are some of the thoughts that came to light: People in fifth and sixth grade are … imaginative and adventurous, insecure about themselves and their bodies, worried about being cool and fitting in, worried about how they dress, worried about how they wear their hair, worried about how

  • The potential of dance: Reflections on the Prescott College Dance Alumni Reunion

    Feb 5, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Moving Arts49 CommentsRead More »

    By Delisa Myles So many faces. So many dances. So many memories and emotions whirling around in the past and present. It’s February, but I’m still thinking about the Prescott College Dance Alumni Reunion from November. It brought together people from 45 years of dance at Prescott College — from the early 1970s when Heather Starsong first taught dance classes, and up to students who are enrolled now. It’d be a cliché to say that lifelong friendships began in those dance classes. And it’d also be true. The reunion, held Nov. 6-8 in 2015, was an opportunity for alumni and alumni-to-be to touch back into their strong roots at Prescott College, to meet new people and to celebrate dance. Liz Faller, my colleague of 22 years in the dance program (who also coordinated the event) and I kicked off the weekend with “Coming Home,” a dance improvisation mixer. Alumni performed, took and taught workshops, and got to boogie altogether in an epic dance party with live music from Moving Edge Ensemble. Throughout the weekend, I was impressed by the amazing range of approaches to dance that were shared. It was inspiring to see the diverse directions dance training at Prescott College has spanned out to. From Improvisation to Contemporary Technique, from Butoh to Physical Theater, and African Inspired to Gaga (look it up: GagaPeople.Com), and to movement that defies categorization

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