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Inside Outside – curated by SUCHI BRANFMAN
March 16, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20.00 - $25.00
During the autumn of 2017, a group of choreographers and visual artists shared their work and creative process with incarcerated men inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. Inside Outside is a sharing of the dances performed, and work created, over the eight weeks, and a dialogue about the experiences of moving and making with folks inside prison.
Hosted inside the prison by longtime activist choreographer Suchi Branfman, were Alex Almaraz, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Jay Carlon, d. Sabela Grimes and Tom Tsai. The work they brought to the prison and, in turn to this night of performance includes excerpts from Grimes’ Bulletproof Deli, that complicates constructed notions of masculinity and manhood within the confines of a “Chinese” take-out spot in North Philly, Carlon’s Sometimes I Fall, danced on a 150 foot roll of tape and inspired by the Fluxus artists of the ‘60’s, Tsai’s Personal Persona Person combines audience participation and a lecture-demonstration format to discuss the importance of creating individually recognizable moves in B-boy/B-girl battle culture, Almaraz’ Its Mine, an autobiographical piece addressing the elements that have pushed him to take action through Hip-Hop. In Branfman-Verissimo’s Preserved Stories, the incarcerated participants recalled and preserved the histories and stories of a loved one, family member and/or friend, using a simple zine structure. The constructed paper books, filled with the men’s archived stories, will be re-purposed for this evening. Branfman’s SUSTAIN, created in deep collaboration with a dozen incarcerated men, is imbued with the voices and movement of those who created it, despite the fact that the creative collaborators on the inside are unable to physically join us in performance outside the prison walls.