"There I Go Rising"
RAD Fest (Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival)
The Wellspring Theatre, The Epic Center. Kalamazoo, MI.
March 11, 2017
Choreographer / Dancer: Alicia Díaz
Text: Maya Angelou
Lighting Design: Michael Jarett
Costume Design: Alicia Díaz
ABOUT THE WORK:
"There I Go Rising" is a solo created and performed in conversation with Maya Angelou’s poem “And Still I Rise.” I probe themes of resilience, underscoring complementary opposites—defiance and playfulness, bitterness and reconciliation, pain and triumph. I reference gestures and rhythms of the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba that have historically served as embodied forms of resistance, as an offering for reflection and dialogue on themes that relate to both African American and Caribbean experiences.