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BlackLight Summit “Keep The Light On” Performance Series: Candace Scarborough, Jamal Abrams, TL Collective & TheRedProjectNYC

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free

Presented in Partnership with Dance Place

An evening featuring works by BlackLight Summit featured artists Candace Scarborough, Jamal Abrams, Micaela Taylor and Johnnie Cruise Mercer. Candace Scarborough’s velvet pony is a whimsical journey that implements rhythmic footwork and musical storytelling to find grounding in the joy of being together. Jamal Abrams’ Well, no sir explores minstrelsy, queerness and generational trauma using improvisation and fantastical storytelling. Johnnie Cruise Mercer and TheRedProjectNYC’s Still en Indigo is a schematic, documented prayer to past thought and future possibility. Micaela Taylor & TL Collective’s work follows the journey of four women who are trapped in darkness. Through their physical communication, they free themselves from this dark entrapment and are surprised by what awaits in liberation.

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This event is part of The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit. To interrogate this unique historical moment, the BlackLight Summit seeks to be a spark that ignites daring innovation and reveals the creativity within the dance ecosystem in America. The inaugural BlackLight Summit is a year-long dance initiative that investigates how time, people, possibility and hope can come together to examine legacy, citizenship and scholarship. The summit asks, through the practice of being socially responsible within the arts: How do we create traditions? How do we transform them into enduring legacies?

The peak of the BlackLight Summit is a virtual three-day convening that features roundtable conversations, movement labs and artistic presentations from BlackLight featured artists Micaela Taylor, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Candace Scarborough and Jamal Abrams. Our initiative aims to re-envision how dance can be a conduit to galvanize imagination, resilience, and inventiveness

Register at go.umd.edu/blacklightsummit. For questions or assistance, contact blacklight-summit@umd.edu.