Dancing Identities/Defining Place:
An evening of dance w/ Audrey Johnson & Leila Awadallah

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 @ AANM


AANM Mmebers: $10
Students/Seniors: $12
General Public: $15

Dance artists Audrey Johnson (Detroit) and Leila Awadallah (Minneapolis) share an evening of work focused on identity, place and imagination. 

Johnson will share a performance of her solo project QUEER TIME TRAVEL x [opening], a ritual of embodied time travel and opening of the self. Through conjuring memory and desire in the body, [opening] re-structures time and space to weave a landscape of liberated, joyous survival.  

Awadallah will share RAS ABU 'AMMAR IS HERE, a multidisciplinary piece created in collaboration with Palestinian-American visual artist Lamia Abukhadra that looks at settler colonial violences and strategies of ethnic cleansing both in the U.S. and Palestine, while engaging creative tools of writing, moving, speaking and imagining as a means of resisting erasure and forces of oppression with urgency. 

The evening is a collaboration with Daring Dances, and curated by Clare Croft, in partnership with UMS. 

Audrey Johnson is a queer movement artist with roots from Detroit, MI. Her work centers on black and queer futurity through the belief that movement is transformative justice. Audrey has performed in works by Jennifer Harge, Biba Bell, Stephanie Batten Bland, Dafi Altabeb and Stephanie Hewett, and she is a co-founding member of Collective Sweat Detroit.  

Photo credit: Carlos Funn 

Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian-American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary performance artist born and based on Dakota lands. Her movement aesthetic derives from carving out the shape and momentum of Arabic language calligraphies, echoes of Arab folk/social dances and honoring what cellular and ancestral memories are released during durational improvisation. In addition to performances in Minneapolis, MN, Awadallah’s work has been presented in Beirut, Lebanon at the BIPOD Festival, Diyar Dance Theatre in Bethlehem, Palestine, and she is currently a Springboard 20/20 fellow. 

Photo credit: Isabel Fajardo 

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