by: Zachary Tye Richardson
Black Parade is a proclamation of African American elation and an antagonistic view of the conventional “angry black attitude”. This work investigates the camaraderie in a neighborhood of people coming together to celebrate a legacy and show gratitude for accomplishments in their culture. As a consequence, youth dance troupes used rhythm to express the glorification of the black body. Black Parade is a response to the kinesthetic representation of public movement in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade held in Lakeland, Florida.
“Fruitcake” is an experimental performance researching the relationship between kindred spirits. The performer relates to his subject through the decorum of the Deep South. This piece delves into the psychological perspective of one presenting a facade in public and living their truest form in privacy. With these traits, movement develops from gestures, demeanor, and style from the subject.
Duration 60 minutes
In collaboration with Billy Ray Morgan
Available Body is an interpersonal performance shedding light on the dichotomy of the female and male anatomy. This exploration displays the feminine body parts while sourcing a masculine perspective. The body’s composition continues to be used as a form of entertainment and this inevitability will come to pass.
Bird Ring is a work in progress that analyzes the cycle of molestation in families and its psychological affect on victims. The work wants to offer refuge to people that have been harmed by their loved ones which is why the piece was live streamed through social media to reach a broader audience.
FEM CULTURE is a durational work that explores androgynous behaviors. It investigates the equilibrium between masculine and feminine traits and exposes the qualities that are unconventional. The performer will confront their self-image through a mirror installation while executing an abstraction around its perimeter.
What does it mean to have significance in life? Matter is a work that studies the human perception of prominence and how we choose to deal with our prejudices. This excerpt will address the current hatred in American society towards gay rights and African American murders.
PULP puts a microscope on the human relationship with intercourse. It delves into the vacancy and occupancy of our bodies and its affect on us. PULP compares the body to a piece of fruit in consideration for the choice on whether or not to be exposed. Some live with their skin fully enclosed with a guarded nature and others have chosen to peel back their albedo, leaving the body available in a focused search towards connectivity. With each intimate encounter, we give away a piece of ourselves. We will rival the two concepts of value and disvalue of sharing oneself with another and the body and mind’s psychological affect from these decisions. How will these choices affect our future or current interactions? The results of our tactile experiences stimulate our distinct drive to touch, squeeze, or lick leading us to relish in our own sensual journey.
My tongue full of grit and spice, scoff at generic concepts of communication. These buds crave a taste for a noise foreign to the ear, jargon to the hemisphere, and untranslatable to those that hear. Dimensions of sound that creates a whirlpool of sensations to transpire us humans, to animals. For we are not superior to those species we cannot compose a dialect. Stimulate me with the shattering of teeth and popping of lips to relate a subjective discourse. This unconventional gift is the token out of the unspoken peripheries of society. Let us triumph and amplify phraseologies of discomfort.
Winergy is a collaborative work with Kennesaw State University and Dance Canvas of Atlanta. This piece was inspired by wind energy and its affect on the population.