THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST ASKS: Dwight Rhoden about "Black Is Beautiful"in SNATCHED BACK from the EDGES
Erin Bomboy for The Dance Enthusiast: Former founding Complexions member Christina Johnson memorably describes dancing for the company in this way: “You had to dive in, unapologetically. It meant being courageous, raw, messy, and one of Dwight’s favorite expressions, ‘on the edge.'” What does it mean to live on the edge? How does this connect with the name of the film series, SNATCHED BACK from the EDGES?
Dwight Rhoden: Being on the edge is a mindset. It’s about taking chances, assuming risks, and being courageous and vulnerable.
Snatched Back from the Edges has a double or even triple meaning. It is a colloquialism used in black culture referencing a black woman’s hair being pulled tightly back from the edges. It also takes on a meaning of how people of color have often been on the fringe of society and still survive, thrive, and overcome. It also means in the context of this work that right when society has pushed individuals — and you can’t be challenged or pushed any further — and you're on the “edge,” the human spirit is resilient enough to recover and change course.
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Larissa Gerszke in Black is Beautiful; photo courtesy Complexions Contemporary Ballet