Spelman College Dance Theater will present “Meet Me on the Porch” on the front porch of Reynolds Cottage, the historic campus residence of Spelman’s president. The performance will channel in the spirit of rejuvenation, freedom, and rebirth and will take place on April, 21 and April 22, 2018 at 3 p.m.
“Meet Me on the Porch” is the first step by the Spelman Dance Theater to explore the many facets of gentrification. The process delves into thinking critically about Spelman’s place in the community and what it means to be a Spelman student in the historic Atlanta neighborhood. Faculty and students observed, asked questions, fostered dialogue, and invited neighbors to the Spelman Dance Lab to participate in their unique creative process.
The previous display of “Meet Me on the Porch” directed by T. Lang, department chair, examined the dynamics of gentrification with a focus on displacement and shifting communities on South Gordon Street. Three faculty and two student choreographers partnered with three West End homeowners to create original works grounded in historical and familial research.
To aid in bringing this innovative dance performance to life, Spelman has teamed up with David James, Ph.D., assistant professor of practice at George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. James created movement-tracking software that triggers and amplifies sound in real time as the dancers move. Smartphones, secured in costumes designed by local fabric artist Grace Kisa, activate ancient bell tones, modern street sounds, and ATLien frequencies that track the historic neighborhood’s transformation over time.
These two presentations of “Meet Me on the Porch” are free and open to the public and will be held at Spelman College’s Reynolds Cottage (GPS Address: 350 Spelman Ln SW Atlanta, GA 30314). For more information, visit http://spelman.edu/.