Brookland Monroe St. Arts Walk Farmer’s Market

We presented “Quick Change” at the November 2, 2019 Brookland Monroe St. Arts Walk Farmer’s Market. SylviDances first performed at the Farmers Market with Taariq Muhammad, Grace Cannon and John Lee on guitar back in the spring of 2019. This iteration John Lee graciously agreed to play guitar again for the event drawing listeners to his music like bears to the honey.

This piece created was in the space of two get togethers late night after our children were asleep. The goal: make a dance piece that we could perform in the cold of November that could entertain the families and kiddos shopping at the market. We weaved different pieces of music both new and old to us to highlight or portray brief moments in time. Planned vignettes with various articles of clothing from a work jacket, a sport dance zip, nightgown to a sassy red dress and high heeled dance shoes were indicative of changing identity, shifts in responsibility, rebellion and acceptance of age and stage. This was Grace Cannon and my first official duet collaboration for which the process and active storytelling is the part that lingers in my memory.

Covered in clothes, we surfaced to find the sun greeting us on that November day.

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