Friday, February 14, 2020
Doors at 6:30 pm
Show at 7:30 pm
All Ages / Bar with I.D.
STG Presents Dani Tirrell - Black Bois at The Moore Theatre on Friday, February 14, 2020 as a part of our 2019-2020 performing arts season.
Enter a world where Black bodies tell their own stories. Where Black love and Black expression prevail. A world where Black stories heal, grow, and transform the lives they touch. Featuring live music, collaboration with a large cast of local artists/performers, and installations, this performance project celebrates Black bodies in space and an emotional engagement with movement. Black Bois is a love letter to Black bodies, minds, and spirits.
Artist Dani Tirrell writes, “This dance piece, created with original music by Benjamin Hunter and written word by J Mase III, is a ceremony to our ancestors, and a thanksgiving to our past, present, and future. It is a love letter to our bodies, our spirits, and our minds. This is the story of our fathers, brothers, lovers, and friends. A healing space, a space to process, a space to love, a space to create and be. We welcome you!”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dani Tirrell creates movement pieces inspired by Dani’s queer, gender non-conforming, and black experience. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company, and Dani Tirrell Dance. Dani has performed and shown work at Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumbershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase, Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum, and Erased (Color Lines Dance Ensemble) as part of Nights at the Neptune (Neptune Theatre, Seattle).
Photo credit: Naomi Ishisaka
Education & Community Programs
Join us for pre-show discussions from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, exploring some of the themes of Black Bois!In the Moore Lounge, artist Inye Wokoma and writer Jonathan Cunningham will lead a discussion centered on how Black men have been at the center of many conversations around toxic masculinity, attacks on Black women, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Inye and Jonathan will discuss their views on masculinity and how it is changing as there is a movement to redefine what is masculine and what is Black.
At the same time, a youth pre-show discussion will take place in the theater house, led by artist Sadiqua Iman. The goal of this conversation is to bring the voices of those that will shape our future to the forefront and focus on opening space for youth to discuss what it means to be Black and Masculine. How are youth changing our ideas about Blackness and masculinity, self-defining and what does that mean for the structure of Blackness, femininity and masculinity; are a few of the topics that will be considered.
The box office will open at 5:30 pm for those who wish to attend either of these pre-show discussions.