FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 AT 6 PM – 7 PM.
BAILANDO SE ALEGRA, MOVIMIENTOS DE RESISTENCIA // Friday, January 15 // 6pm – 7pm //
Art exhibition and dance // Free.
Where to watch!
FaceBook Live MCCLA, Youtube Channel MCCLA.
This exhibition will showcase the lives and stories of bay area artists and familias; the bailarines who are dedicated to movement and who for one reason or another trust in their dancing heart.
As we, dancers, continue to share our passion and practice of emotional embodiment, physical discipline, and artistic creation within our families and greater communities, we continue to deconstruct the routines and societal pressures that make you question whether you should sway your hips or not. Whether you let yourself participate or not or can’t, this exhibition is meant to honor you and our humanity which has been dancing all along.
These last couple of months in the bay area have been hard. Accumulating rent, food and housing insecurity, lack of work opportunities, COVID threats, and political turmoil has tested our destiny and faith in this life.
Although we work, and love, and continue to grow in all the ways we can, our world is unbalanced and the pain, suffering, and alienation of our peoples is undeniable.
It is within these spaces in which we develop our own rhythms, that we follow in and out of our lives. That tells the stories of where we came from and begin to let us know what is yet to be discovered all within our own bodies.
It is within these times, the ones we are living in today, in which we continue to and will always find that our participation in the evolution of dance is valuable, communal, personal, effortful. It is a way for us to teleport into safety and out of harm’s way. Here we dance, not because we have to but because we want to.
Main work would be a projection (or video) of a Chiapas folklorico song and would show the viewer what step we are doing and then invite them into the dance. The installations/features that surround this video would highlight mothers and their dance journey alongside their daughters/families through migration (from El Espiritu Bailarin) and any community/artist submissions that can fulfil these thematic questions: What does dance mean to you and your family? How does movement make you feel? How do you believe dance and migratory movement are linked? What emotions are important to your body as an artist?