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photo by Imma Asher

ABOUT THE GRANT

  • $10,000 to support Séancers & The Jigaboo King: An American Lyric (MAP 2017)
  • $2,233 to general operating support for Abrons Arts Center

ABOUT THE PROJECT

“Nothing can come between a man and his ego except a woman, black, with history on her side, a million hungry ancestors on her shoulders salivating at the chance for a speedy bloodletting.” – from Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress

Setting the negative space afforded Black-queer bodies on fire with majesty, opulence and agency, Séancers & The Jigaboo King: An American Lyric (Séancers) is a performance work that collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts related to Black magic, resurrection, and paranormal activity. Interrogating issues related to American history and terrorism, Séancers journeys into the surreal and fantastical states of a Black imagination as it traverses the ‘fatal’ axis of abstraction, illegibility, and gender multiplicity. Through the personification of a trickster-like narrator known as The Jigaboo King, the work conjures the spiritual, emotional, and theoretical world.


LEAD ARTISTS

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko