From November 2010 to February 2012, I primarily worked on one project: Up Against Nothing. In all of its iterations, this piece dealt with issues of spectatorship, collective memory production and gestural iterations, and black bodies in the context of American dance. Each performance was as much about the conversation happening between the performers on stage as the conversation between the performers and the audience, who was always complicit.
Up Against Nothing was also performed twice as a solo - once as part of Michelle Tea's RADAR series in San Francisco, and once during the Congress on Research in Dance's Special Topics Conference on The Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, in Ann Arbor.
Collaborators through this process were: Mercedes Gibson, Dante Baylor, Sheena Johnson, Shawnrey Notto, and Brontez Purnell. For the opportunity to explore one idea from its infancy through is completion, I am very grateful to CounterPULSE, Dancers' Group, theoffcenter and Jesse Hewit, RADAR, CORD and Clare Croft, YBCA and Marc Bamuthi Joseph.