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photo by Theo Cote

ABOUT THE GRANT


ABOUT THE PROJECT

This Is a Formation is a new dance work by Philadelphia-based choreographer jumatatu m. poe and Dallas-based J-Sette artist Jermone “Donte” Beacham. The work unites Black dancers of various genders addressing choreographic, emotional and spiritual form present within J-Sette and other Black queer dance vocabularies. With live-constructed music and media design, Formation confronts historic imaginations and limitations of: art institutions centering White aesthetics, and outdoor spaces within predominantly Black neighborhoods. Culminating a 7-year collaboration, jumatatu and Donte propose both real and imaginary possibilities of Black performing humans organized in assembly.


LEAD ARTISTS

jumatatu m. poe
Jermone “Donte” Beacham