Artist, Kenturah Davis, in collaboration with Kuyum Arts Investigation Project, present THE MARCH, a performance that weaves together ideas about history, allegiance, pride and protest on Friday, 26th February 2016.
The March is a piece that weaves together ideas about history, allegiance, pride and protest. Using the function of a flag as the point of departure, it considers the power of cultural symbols to project strength and solidarity. In a world that’s increasingly connected through digital platforms, it raises questions about how we, as individuals, choose our allegiances and how will they project our story. The performance looks to our creative community to be guides that help reconfigure history and new narratives that can guide us through social unrest. It centers on choreography created by Felix Dompreh, of Kuyum Arts Investigation, in response to images created by myself.
Kenturah Davis is a Los Angeles artist and has produced work for exhibitions, artist collaborations, film, and commissions. The core of her work oscillates between portraiture and design, exploring themes related to the body and the formation of identities. Recent exhibitions include; We Must Risk Delight (Venice Biennale), Narratives and Meditations (Papillion Art, Los Angeles) and (Yokohama Triennale, Japan). In 2016, the Los Angeles Metro will unveil her new public art commission for the LAX/Crenshaw line.
Felix Ofosu Dompreh is the founder and lead choreographer of Kuyum Arts Investigation Project. His worked is characterized by rigorous and deliberate movements straddling Afro-contemporary and traditional repertoire. His work as a performer, choreographer, and instructor has been seen in Ghana and abroad in South Korea, Germany, Senegal and the Netherlands. Recent performances include the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Alliance Francaise d’ Accra, Antagon Theater Aktion and Summerweft (Frankfurt).
Davis will be drawing a series of portraits of artists on large-scale flags that integrate coding technology to make them interactive. Kuyum Dance Company will interpret the symbolic weight of the flags through their choreographed movements as standard-bearers, as protesters and as guides leading us toward a better world.
THE MARCH consists of sculpture, dance and a video projection. The choreography will incorporate vigorous contemporary African movements fused with neo-traditional elements and visual images that capture the imagination of the viewers with fast flowing scenes. Four young dancers will explore movements with the flags that convey the urgency of grappling with broken and breakable states, war, poverty, and political corruption. The images on the flags will be made by applying QR (quick-response) codes with rubber stamps to the material to create a pixelated portrait. The stamped code can be scanned and linked to a website that offers a kaleidoscope of Afrofuturist images, narratives, profiles, and writings.
According to Kenturah, she saw the dance choreographed and performed by Felix in 2013 and was inspired to approach him about doing a
collaboration. Although she primarily makes drawings, she increasingly looks for ways to incorporate the body to make the ideas that are fundamental to her work more palpable. She says; ‘This collaboration with Kuyum Arts Investigation allows me to bring my images to life through Felix’s thoughtful choreography. As an artist of the African diaspora, the opportunity I have to live in both places has revealed threads of connectivity, which guides this exploration of building alliances’.
The event will take place on Friday, 26th February 2016 at Alliance Française Accra at 8 pm.
The audience should expect to see a collaboration of visual and performing art. The choreography will incorporate vigorous contemporary African movements fused with neo-traditional elements and visual images that capture the imagination of the viewers with fast flowing scenes
RATE: 20 GHC / 10 GHC FOR AF STUDENTS AND MEMBERS/ FREE UNDER 16
Source: Eleanor Dartey, Media Relations Officer – Alliance Francaise