The world premiere of "Private Places," a dance work choreographed by 2012 Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe and supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, featured performers moving briskly up and down prearranged aisles, barking orders to each other and interacting with audience members in sporadic, often discomfiting bursts. The choreography incorporated J-Sette, an underground dance style marked by meticulous yet extreme movements, borne from Southern drill-team events and made popular in the gay African-American club scene. In order to learn the style, Poe and his dancers worked extensively with J-Sette masters Donte Beacham and LaKendrick Davis in a process-based mentorship that informed Poe’s final choreography.
Prior to the premiere of "Private Places," we visited Poe, Beacham, and Davis in West Philadelphia to discuss J-Sette and how its associated movements made their way into Poe’s work. Watch our teaser video, then visit our Publications & Research section to watch extended footage: pcah.us/the-center/publications-research/j-sette-collaborative-process-behind-private-places-extended-video-text/