Jane Franklin Dance at Mason Exhibitions Arlington
February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Jane Franklin Dance responds to art and poetry by Bennie Herron from the current exhibition at Mason Exhibitions Arlington, Bennie Herron: Origin Stories.
“Bennie Herron’s creative output in poetry, painting, and social advocacy reflects on the often paradoxical conditions of being. His poetry presents a prismatic lens on his upbringing as a Black man, including close observations of the familial, interpersonal, and cultural forces that have shaped him. In these poems, the anecdotal may expand into ruminations on Biblical passages, or tales of the trials and joys of his adolescence may give way to fiery indictments of systemic problems such as racism, colonialism, and the perceptions of Black men in society. Herron’s verse style is informed in part by the socially conscious Hip Hop artists of the 1990s and poets of the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, among a myriad of other sources.” Mason Exhibitions
The thirty minute performance features works by choreographers Lauren DeVera, Jane Franklin, Robert J. Priore and Kevin White and is directed by Jane Franklin. Poetry, written and performed by Bennie Herron, is interspersed or arranged between or within segments of movement. Distinct poems drive the dance narrative through voice, rhythm and cadence. Dance and movement responds to the physical space of the gallery and in relationship to the paintings. There is an interconnection between movement and artwork as framed interactions reveal detail and circumstance.
The free program will be repeated three times during the afternoon at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.