Genius Child by FishWife Theater Company (Jesica Springer + Jonah O’Hare-David) One hundred and twenty years since Plessy v. Ferguson, and 62 years since Brown v. Board and our schools are still separate and unequal. Genius Child pulls it’s name from a poem by Langston Hughes. Hughes’s poem speaks to the way children’s intelligent minds are silenced, specifically the minds of black children. There is a long history of this which continues today. Through multiple disciplines Jade Gardner and Liv Hanson performed this piece about racial disparity in schools.
Bone Conditioning by Robert Keo. Bone Conditioning developed from Robert’s relationships with women. This piece explored themes of sex, frustration, and sleeping on the couch. He still doesn’t get it. Robert Keo is an artist/dancer who is inspired to tell stories through the lens of his personal narrative and our digital culture into mixed media dance performances. He has shown dance locally at the IDS Center, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, and Walker Art Center. He is also interested in collaborating with artists in different mediums to create new work.
Tender12Feet by Kelvin Wailey (Leila Awadallah, Emma Marlar + Laura Osterhaus) Kelvin Wailey had been stuck in a rut of creating only mere hours before a performance. This method had proved successful, but plays on quick efficient decisions, almost always saying yes to every idea, and an anxiety to get the job done. In this case, it also places emphasis on the outcome. Given the space and time of 3PLAY, they explored the antithesis of these things, delving deep into our collected ideas, asking more questions than finding answers, and creating a more process driven work.