How to be afraid?
2nd December|| 7:30pm
Artists: Mary Pearson and Mayfield Brooks
Watch out. The dancers have been training for the apocalypse.
How to be afraid? is a duet dance experiment that topples racist monuments & symbols of state control – whether in our minds, bodies, or on the street. Audience are invited to witness a work in progress, and join in discussion afterwards.
Mary and Mayfield met during Con|VERGE residency at Ponderosa Dance in 2015. Together in the countryside in Germany, they gained time, space, and perspective to reflect on stories from the US-American South. With distance from their origins, and in sharp contrast to the surrounding environment, the deepest layer of their cultural identities surfaced.
Enter Trump. Nigel Farage. Marine Le Pen. Charlottesville. Monuments.
A global sea change turns up the fire under our slow-burning desire to create a duet. We feel urgently called to respond.
mayfield brooks- improvises while black, is a 2017 artist in residence at Movement Research in NYC, and also works as an artist scholar, cultural worker, farmer & movement-based performance artist.
mary pearson- is a US-American performance maker based in Liverpool, currently merging dance improvisation with voice, video, costume and comedy.