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IMPRESSIONS: Danspace Project Presents Dancing Platforms Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance with “A Shared Evening: Keely Garfield Dance, Same as Sister, Ni’Ja Whitson"

March 26, 2018

I've been wanting to engage with Danspace's Platform series pretty much since I've begun professionally writing about dance, five years and change ago. 

 

But something always came up: another show, other work obligations, paying for a babysitter. 

 

Thus, I was delighted when my editor suggested I take this opportunity to witness three different choreographers response to the Platform's inquiry. 

 

FOUR MINUTES TO READ

 

PREVIEW AND LINK AFTER PHOTO

 

Ni'Ja Whitson of The NWA Project at Danspace Project. Photo by Ian Douglas.  

 

Esteemed Black choreographer and anthropologist Pearl Primus said, “The dance is strong magic. The dance is a spirit.” It’s no wonder, then, that churches have welcomed dance into their hallowed halls.

 

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery has given space and been witness to dance, poetry, and prayer, its honey-colored floor and carpeted risers the sacred ground where humans — at least for a while — strive to be more divine. Danspace Project, a presenter of contemporary dance since 1974, has a long and storied relationship with St. Mark’s. But, for as fixed in time and space that Danspace and St. Mark’s may seem in the East Village, the area’s history stretches . . .

 

 

TO READ THE BALANCE OF MY REVIEW, PLEASE VISIT THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST.

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