Collaborators: Joy Angela Anderson, Celestina Billington, Brittani Broussard, Adam Castaneda, Caleb Fields, Rosine Kouamen, Eternal Lokumbe, Maria Maea, Norola Morgan, Meena Murugesan, Kenneth Owens, taisha paggett, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Kristianne Salcines, and .Turay
In April 2016, the DiverseWorks gallery was set up as a rehearsal studio, photo shoot and experimental classroom, where the School for the Movement of the Technicolor People researched their ongoing question, What is a Black dance curriculum today?, within the context of Houston. Convened in the memory of an erased Black school in East Texas, the School built a curriculum responding to the limited positioning of Black and queer movers in the dance and art worlds, seeking new relationships, possibilities, freedoms and sovereign spaces. Through performances, workshops, and conversations, curriculum activities included wanderings, gatherings, dispersions, the lifting of people, the staging of images and other embodied practices, developing scores that were taken out into different communities throughout Houston.
Documentation: Lynn Lane
The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People is made possible by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds came from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by DiverseWorks in partnership with Fusebox and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People’s presentation at DiverseWorks is made possible through support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Programming was sponsored by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.