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Free to Move: Earthseed Black Arts Alliance with Moving Southwest and SITE Santa Fe
July 2, 2022 - July 3, 2022Free – $135
Earthseed Black Arts Alliance presents a two-day mini-festival within Moving Southwest celebrating Black dance and culture. This event will include dance and movement workshops by Black dancers, teachers, and artists, dance parties with local Afro House DJs and MCs, stimulating discussion panels with Black and Indigenous dancers, scholars, and performance artists, a night of Black dance films, and a community altar and curated poetry slam. Featured artists include Nikesha Breeze, Tigre Mashaal-Lively, Raashad Pridgen aka Soul Nubian, Chelsea Stewart, Raashan Ahmad, Miles Tokunow, and more TBA. Ticket sales for the event will benefit Earthseed’s ongoing projects for supporting and developing creative and innovative spaces for New Mexico’s Black artists.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, July 2
Opening Altar Prayer
Ritual Mask Work and Movement with Tigre Mashaal-Lively
Black-Out Dance: an Exploration of Poetry in Motion, with Nikesha Breeze
Dance Workshop with Shakaya McFarland
Deep Soul Dance Sessions with rashasxsoulnubian
Panel Discussion: African Disapora Dance and Ritual Reclamation, with Orlando Hunter, Ricardo Valentine and more!
Our Bodies Return to Themselves: Black Dance Short-Film Festival
Sunday, July 3
Morning Movement Cypher
Finding Stillness: A Movement Meditation with Miles Tokunow
Dances of Return: African Diaspora Dance with Chelsee Stewart
Future Dance Sessions DJ/Listening Party with rashadxsoulnubian
AfroFuturist Dance Session & The African Aesthetics in Vogue with rashadxsoulnubian
Root Work: Explorations in Radical Movement with Nikesha Breeze
Panel Discussion: Afro-Future Ancestor Technologies and Indigenous Future Work, with Helanius J Wilkins and more!
WORD: Spoken Word and Storytelling Event hosted by Raashan (5:30-7pm), Closing Performance with Tigre and Nikesha (7:15-7:45pm)
Earthseed Black Arts Alliance New Mexico is a Black-led organization inspired by the science fiction of the great Octavia Butler. Earthseed focuses on centering and amplifying Black voices in Northern New Mexico as well as collaborating with Indigenous artists, artists of color, and the city’s arts community as a whole. Earthseed Black Arts Alliance believes artists are both at the forefront of change and are critical to the preservation of culture. Earthseed Black Arts Alliance believes Black art has enormous healing potential and is a powerful tool for necessary communication, expression, and validation. Representation matters! And Black artists in New Mexico need to be represented and centered in the courageous conversations we are all having at the national level and at the micro-level.
The Moving Southwest Dance Festival, presented by Museum of Dance, celebrates the rich diversity of Northern New Mexico’s dance culture, cultivating community through global dance classes, performances, dance cinema, and panel discussions. The festival harnesses community engagement by creating collaborative spaces where movers of all abilities and intentions can come together to explore the language of dance through the depth and breadth of Southwestern dance artists.