Come check out what Artist in Residence, Malcolm-x Betts has been working on! Then join the talkback session moderated by Chloe Cekada
$10 at door
(Optional, free, pre-show gathering for people of color at Maine Center for Electronic Music, 511 Congress Street, Portland, at 6pm)
Black Bodies Gone Down is a embodied multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary investigation looking closely at Black masculinity, mortality and liberation; the radical passage of breaking free of bondage of the oppressive structures that hold black bodies down and captured in the negative cycle of history/past/future.
Being a black male in the Western society means often one is in close proximity to death on a daily basis, both by being overshadowed by law functioning under politics of exclusion and not meant to protect one's life or be it fighting continuously the systematic oppression, which makes one at times want to face mortality rather than enjoy the beauty of what life could be.
Black Bodies Gone Down is more than a performance work. It is an informed reaching into the past to conjure a better future without fear and speaking in to being a collective Utopia played out in an imaginative display of individual desire to break from the bondage of “white” structures permeating the air ingested and capacious display of black futurity.