The Alabama Dance Festival and Klein Arts & Culture present
Wideman Davis Dance
January 20 – 26, 2020, 7pm
Klein-Wallace House, Harpersville, Alabama
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Migratuse: Migrated, departed, to have gone away, having been changed, and the habitual patterns of moving from one place to another.
Ataraxia: Calmness or a peace of mind, emotional tranquility.
Migratuse Ataraxia is a multimedia dance performance that shifts the rules of representation in antebellum domestic spaces to memorialize the lives of enslaved individuals through movement, technology, visual installations, and a curated meal. This experiential performance is a container for history and memory that revises the traditions of remembering at the Klein-Wallace House. Performers will lead audience members through a series of vignettes – each staged in a separate room – re-interpreting traditional white narratives of these spaces to include and represent an archive of the black narratives that also took place there. Following the performance, participants and artists will gather for a community meal with facilitated dialogue around their shared experiences.
The presentation of Migratuse Ataraxia is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional funding support includes the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Daniel Foundation of Alabama.
About Wideman Davis Dance
Co-Artistic Directors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis began Wideman Davis Dance (WDD) in 2003. WDD is committed to revealing social and political issues through an African American perspective. We make work that is inspired by and engaged with current issues including race, social class, gender, and location. Our company works in an egalitarian way, in collaboration with artists, scholars, and students, shifting the traditional company model and leveling the hierarchical structures that typically exist. WDD connects with communities of all ages through residencies and by increasing their awareness of social and political issues. We have created for and performed with Dance Theater of Harlem, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Donald Byrd, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Our awards include the 2013 Map Fund Grant, Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2011), University of South Carolina Arts Institute, and National Dance Project Production Grant (2018).