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 MERTZ GILMORE FOUNDATION LATE STAGE CREATIVE STIPEND

 

2018 MGLSCS ARTIST RAKIA SEABORN

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ABOUT RAKIA: A native of Detroit, Rakia Seaborn is a writer, choreographer and performer whose work has appeared at Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C., The Tank, AUNTS, chashama, JACK and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Seaborn has worked with Dianne McIntyre, Rashaun Mitchell, Jodi Melnick, Michael Cross Burke, Tyler Ashley, and PMMDC. She is currently a Guest-Artist-In-Residence at Trinity/La MaMa. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2007, earning a Bachelor’s of Art in Dance with a concentration in Choreography, and in 2014, she gained an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. Established in 2008 by artistic director Rakia Seaborn, RAKIA! is a Brooklyn collective of movers & shakers. They are committed to presenting body-based works about women through an experimental literary lens. Driven by a desire to communicate, their work inhabits the place where the written word and the language of the body meet. Even when words fail: the body is the text. Throughout the RAKIA! catalogue, wry humor and social dance are a springboard for a deeper examination of the personal as political. Grounded in naturalistic gesture and Olympian athletic feats, their pieces illuminate the saga of radical feminist dissidents, shiny pop princesses and the majesty of the ordinary with equal parts reverence and belligerence. They dance to rewrite history, redefine the present and offer images of a more just future.

FEATURED PROJECT: A RUIN BY RAKIA SEABORN [AUGUST 30TH, 2018] 
The year is 2035. America 2.5 is a dystopian wasteland. From the ashes emerges a trio of heartbroken black women turned reluctant superheroes. This elegantly brutal triptych is tasked with cultivating a new, American way. Post-apocalyptic wanderlust sends these sojourners out into the wilderness. Memories of unrequited love and betrayal hold them back. Does America deserve rebuilding? Must these women play saviour? Drawing from Giselle's madness, The Negro Motorist Green Book (“the bible of black travel during Jim Crow",) breakup albums & ancient relics, in A Ruin, I interrogate my relationship with “classical” forms. A Ruin is afrofuturistic place-making. Spoken text is mined from travel writings and manipulated into an entirely new language. Like a surrealist, Greek statue, missing nose & limb, movement is sourced from a 1979 Bavarian production of Giselle, then inverted and decayed. 

CURSIVE: A WORKSHOP FOR MOVING BODIES, MAGIC WORDS & UTOPIAN PLACEMAKING 
[JUNE 25TH, 7PM AT UNION STREET DANCE]

Inspired by the creative process for RAKIA!’s latest work, A Ruin, this workshop will explore the relationship between the moving body and the written word. Utilizing improvisational performance tools, free-writes and a sprinkle of magic, we will build community and explore notions of safety and softness. Finally, we will conjure paradise by creating a swirling, run-on sentence of a dance. All levels are welcome. Come as you are. Leave feeling a little more lovely!

$10 suggested donation RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or at the FACEBOOK EVENT

 

 

PAST MGLSCS SUPPORTED ARTISTS/PROJECTS

Parul Shah (2017)
Developing Enduring Silence 

Christina Noel & the Creature (2015)
Developing Ash & Honey

Jamal Jackson (2014)
Developing The People Vs

Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa
aka binbinFactory (2013)
Developing Untitled

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Francine Ott (2012)
Developing House of Morning 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ABOUT THE AWARD 

Eva Dean Dance has a long history granting Brooklyn dance artists an opportunity to develop and present new work with the support of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late Stage Creative Stipend. This RFP is Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s effort to address the insufficiency of resources available to dancemakers in the later stages of their development process. The award comes with monetary support for the project, a space grant at Union Street Dance to rehearse and develop the work, and a public work-in-progress showing at Union Street Dance.

HOW TO APPLY
This award is currently distributed annually via private nomination, though we accept inquiries and letters of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

     ***This program is funded by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation 

 

 

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