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soft riot radio...

is an internet radio station emerging out of the world of post-ecstatic experience: who are you when the glitter settles, the make-up has run, the dance floor is sticky with the sugars of the night before? When the fantasies of self-importance have faded, this is the soundtrack of questions, wishes, memories, and dreams that dance between ears. The matter of this landscape is made up of remnants of love ballads, disco classics, r&b standards, and gospel which move into complex relationships, trying to make them reveal the life they hide. 

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the space between the riot and i...

investigates alternative modes of existence, memory, and ghostly inhabitance through challenging the physical body and sensorial experience to rigorous transformation. It emerges out of the world of post-ecstatic experience. Who and where are you when the glitter settles and the dance floor is sticky with the sugars of the night before? “the space between the riot and I” is a solo performed by Majesty Royale that uses movement and sound to challenge the continuity of our reality and the stakes implicated by our existences. The material moves through the logic of the dream: altered speed, distorted pitch, relocation, and spontaneous change. As the work seeks to challenge the assumptions of our reality, so does it challenge the structure of the theatre by mis-occupying the space. Majesty takes on the world with new logics, transforming the possibilities of the world we know and oneself in it. Through these practices, Majesty moves toward a fantasy, a fiction, a friction, a fault, a fumbling, a flying.

(commissioned by New York Live Arts, Fresh Tracks)

 
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gif library for expansive existence...

I want to imagine a reflection for Black life that is as expansive and nebulous as the real thing. The “gif library for expansive existence” takes the “gif”, an image sequence repeated on loop, and uses it to witness glimpses of cross-reality travel. Those not of the dominant narrative become accustomed to the holding of multiple realities. The format of the gif seems a logical place for fragments of the black, queer, and otherwise unruly body to live. I am interested in creating endless time loops with images that obscure the body, defy straight logic, and create a suspended experience of spacetime.

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featuring Joey Kipp, AUNTS 2021

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featuring Jasmine Hearn, AUNTS 2021